Volunteers gathered on April 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. to plant a native garden outside of Stadler Hall.

The garden was designed to encourage growth, beauty, and functionality for study and conservation efforts. The project goals included improving water quality by managing storm water runoff and nutrient use, restoring healthy soil by eliminating excessive pesticide use, revitalizing quality habits by removing invasive species, replenishing populations of native plants, and conserving water resources.

The garden was sponsored by faculty, staff, and students in the University of Missouri-St. Louis Biology Department, the Des Lee Collaborative Vision, the Whitney Harris Ecology Center, UMSL Sustainability, and community partners.