The vegetation of the site is a complex mix of mature forest, marsh and floodplain, next to disturbed areas with conifer plantation and weedy vegetation, on a landscape with much history of human use—typical of a natural area in an urban setting. The mature forests of the slopes and bottomlands are valuable natural habitats, readily accessible from campus and therefore important for teaching and research. 

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Trails of Upper Cascadilla

The East Hill Recreation Way cuts through this natural area, popular for walking, biking, jogging, and birding. Find the route on the mobile-friendly website

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Natural Heritage of Upper Cascadilla

More about the plant communities here.

Rules of Etiquette

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Our gardens and natural areas provide opportunities for faculty and students across a wide range of disciplines.

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