Resources in Environmental Studies

Situated just south of the Ringling Museum of Art, New College's Caples Campus is home to our visual and performing arts studios and facilities, the Sail Club, and our Environmental Studies Program. The campus is named after early Sarasota pioneers, Ralph and Ellen Caples, and features their historic mansion and its accompanying carriage house, both of which were built in the early 1920s. The Caples Carriage House is the heart of the Environmental Studies Program and features a classroom, meeting space, offices and the New College map database, which is available to students throughout the year. In addition, equipment for environmentally-related projects can be found here.

New College's Native Plants Restoration Area consists of 2 acres on the College's Bayfront Campus. In addition to remnant native canopy trees, we have replaced exotic turf grass with native wildflowers and bunch grasses. Students are able to look at native plant propagation, plant-insect relationships, restoration ecology, alternative weed removal testing, as well as tour the grounds to get a glimpse of indigenous plants of Florida.

The Caples Organic Gardens consist of a butterfly garden, medicinal garden and a vegetable plot that are tended by students. In the butterfly and medicinal gardens, there is an emphasis on native plants that require minimal resources. The gardens are an active site both for learning about agriculture and plants and as a labor of love for New College students, who work together to remove garden pests and weeds, undercut brush, till the soil, create mulch, build beds and prepare soil, nurture seedlings, plant vegetables and fruits, and maintain the plants. The gardens are a focus of course work for some and an extra-curricular activity for others. Plants and produce grown in the gardens are regularly made available to students.

You might also be interested in...

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
National Council of Science and the Environment
Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Lemur Conservation Foundation
Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence (SCOPE)
Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
Venice Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Selby Botanical Gardens
Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida

[Did you know?]

As part of our commitment to protect the environment, New College does not use nitrogen or phosphorus fertilizers on campus.

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