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The Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab, developed and maintained in the tradition of Marian University's sponsorship value of responsible stewardship, will seek to inspire current environmentally aware citizens and create future ones through hands-on, experiential environmental and historical learning opportunities for the students of Marian University and area schools, as well as the Indianapolis community.
The Marian University Nina Mason Pulliam (NMP) EcoLab is a 55-acre wetland and lowland forest located on the north end of Marian University's campus. The area encompasses a landscape designed in 1912 by renowned landscape architect, Jens Jensen, and is one of the best preserved Jensen landscapes in the world. Because Jensen used native plants in his design, now 100 years later, the NMP EcoLab's wetlands and surrounding lowland forest act as an oasis for native flora and fauna in the city. Beaver, mink, muskrat, fox, more than 165 species of birds, and more than 260 species of plants have been observed in the EcoLab, located less than 10 minutes from downtown Indianapolis! The EcoLab is a wonderful place to learn about wetlands, environmental restoration, and the impact of humans on the environment.