School of Continuing Education
& Professional Development

About GULC

The The Green Urban Living Center has a large outdoor garden space that is an official National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Certified Wildlife Habitat (October 2008) and an official United States Humane Society (HSUS) Urban Wildlife Sanctuary (January 2009). Our garden was just recognized as an official Monarch Waystation site. We are thrilled and honored to be recognized by the NWF, HSUS and Monarch Watch for our work! The GULC outdoor garden is 100% organic, meaning everything is grown without the use of conventional pesticides or artificial fertilizers, and free from contamination by human or industrial waste. The garden only has plants and ecosystems native to Florida. Understanding the importance of protecting our local water resources, the GULC has installed a Smart Irrigation System in order to improve its water efficiency.

In the garden area you will find a butterfly garden, organic vegetable/herb garden, compost area, and native Florida ecosystems represented - hardwood hammock, pine rock land, wetlands, and native Florida grasses area. Everything is maintained naturally and provides a fantastic learning experience for any age group.


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    Nature Adventure Tours

    Teachers! Bring your students to the GULC's Nature Adventure Tours for a fun, hands-on, environmentally-based field trip in our garden. All programs follow the Sunshine State Science Standards. Space is limited so contact us early to reserve your spot!

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    Farmer's Market

    We are proud to feature produce grown at the Green Urban Living Center. Join us at the North Campus Farmer's Market, usually held at the end of each month.

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    Students from the service-learning program at MDC are involved in all aspects of the cultivation of crops, from preparing the ground to harvesting. Students learn about urban agriculture, horticulture, and biodiversity, as well as the small business aspect of raising edible crops.