Prince George's Audubon Society Certified Habitats
The Arboretum began a collaboration in 2023 with Epsilon Eta and the Prince George's Audubon Society to recognize its commitment to bird habitat on campus. Epsilon Eta, the co-ed, professional fraternity focusing on Environmental Science and Sustainability was established in the Fall Semester of 2019. This organization focuses on professional and academic development through service days, on- and off-campus projects designed and implemented by members, and social events.
Prince George's Audubon Society was established in 1972 and in 2020, PGAS created its Audubon Wildlife Habitat Program, which advises Prince George’s County residents who want to create wildlife habitat on their property. PGAS offered free training for Epsilon Eta members to become Wildlife Habitat Advisors. These students then reviewed five garden sites on campus and submitted reports to the Arboretum which will assist staff in continuing to hone these areas for education and habitat purposes. The gardens reveiwed in 2023 are the Maryland Natives Shade Garden, Woods Hall Rain Garden, H. Edward Reiley Azalea and Rhododendron Garden, Pollinator Garden at Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center, and Knight Hall Pollinator Garden.