Campus Ecology


Campus Ecology

North Lake College is located in the Blackland Prairie Ecoregion of Texas. The soils of our ecoregion determine what types of plants and animals that can thrive.  Central Campus is dominated by soils rich with clay, known as Ferris-Heiden soils, while North Campus and South Campus are both dominated by soils rich with sand and loam, known as Wilson-Rader-Axtell soils. Sustainable landscape to support habitat for pollinators like Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) and Texas Purple Martins (Progne subis) is an important component of achieving campus sustainability goals.  We continue to expand native and adaptive plants and trees to support pollinators and the changing climate. 


Biodiversity Surveys with iNaturalist

iNaturalist is a software Application available on personal devices with cameras and allows students and community members of all ages to become citizen scientists. Citizen scientists are local volunteers who contribute their time supporting scientific research and scientific professionals. 

Please download the iNaturalist App and help contribute to biodiversity surveys when your on North Lake College campuses. 


To get more involved in campus biodiversity surveys, please contact Sustainability Coordinator Brandon Morton, bmorton@dcccd.edu. 

Certified Tree Campus USA 
North Lake College Central Campus is recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, and has earned the award in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.  

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North Lake College accomplishes five goals to earn this award certification:
(1) Campus Tree Advisory Committee
(2) Campus Tree Care Plan
(3) Dedicated Funding for Tree Care
(4) Arbor Day Celebration
(5) Service Learning Project

Over 500 trees were identifed on the Central Campus by students as a service learning project:
  • Bald Cypress
  • Bradford Pear
  • Chitalpa
  • Chinese Pistache
  • Eastern Redbud
  • Gingko
  • Japanese Maple
  • Magnolia
  • Muskogee Crepe Myrtle
  • Texas Ash
  • Texas Cedar Elm
  • Texas Desert Willow
  • Texas Live Oak
  • Texas Red Oak



To volunteer to help trees on campus or get involved in the Tree Campus USA Program, please contact Senior Associate Director of Facilities Mr. Chris Marrs, cmarrs@dcccd.edu.