The image shows white and blue flowers, which are part of the pollinator garden. This in front of University Crossing, which features Crossroads Cafe and Sal's Pizza.

Pollinator Gardens

Located throughout the UMass Lowell campus are several 'pollinator gardens' that provide a consistent source of food and refuge for pollinators, as well as a beautiful mosaic for people to admire. The pollinator gardens include a variety of wildflower species that are native to the area like Chicory, Perennial Lupine, Annual Baby's Breath, and Spurred Snapdragon, to name a few. These native wildflowers provide food and refuge to several species of animals like hummingbirds, bees and wasps, butterflies and moths, beetles, and flies. By helping pollinators, not only can we appreciate their beauty, but also the immense help that they give to the local ecosystems that provide us with food, clean air, and water. Feel free to explore the pollinator gardens more, in-person! See the locations of these pollinator gardens below:

  • Hillside behind the Allen House on South Campus
  • Along the walkway behind Coburn Hall on South Campus
  • Hillside at the Northern Canal Overlook at the corner of Pawtucket St. and University Ave.
  • Flowerbeds in front of University Crossing
Students sitting in chairs looking at the sunset & a large tree next to Allen House and Sheehy Hall.

UMass Lowell Arboretum

The UMass Lowell Arboretum is a campus-wide project that is meant to develop and maintain a diverse plant collection, that will provide a safe, scenic, sustainable, and educational environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors, to teach, learn, and enjoy. The UML Arboretum is essential to our sustainability goals, as it removes hundreds of pounds of air pollutants, sequesters tons of carbon, and diverts over 100,000 gallons of stormwater runoff, annually. You can see more of how the Arboretum has helped the university achieve its sustainability goals, has been used for research, and where you can view certain plant species, on the UMass Lowell Arboretum webpage.

A white fluffy peregrine falcon chick being held with a band on its leg.

Peregrine Falcon Habitat

If you have walked around East Campus before, you may have noticed a small box and a protruding wood stick on the top of Fox Hall. This is the habitat and nesting place of UMass Lowell's resident peregrine falcons, also known as, 'our honorary River Hawks.' As peregrine falcons are on the Massachusetts' Endangered Species List, numerous procedures have been implemented to ensure the health and survival of the two mature peregrine falcons and their offspring. One of the procedures that has been implemented is the continuous live-streaming channels of the peregrine falcon habitat, which can be viewed on UMass Lowell's peregrine falcons website.

Grounds Team

UMass Lowell's dedicated grounds team is responsible for maintaining the University's 150 acres of grounds, fields, parking lots, and driveways. The hard work and dedication of our grounds team provides for a safe, functional, pleasant, and sustainable outdoor environment for the university community.

The University's landscape management efforts and our commitment to biodiversity in our campus ecosystems contributes to our STARS Gold Rating.