Who we are
Nature Campus was established by Tel Aviv University for the purpose of promoting public understanding of topics such as science, nature and the environment. In this way, Nature Campus was to serve as a bridge between academia and research, and the general public. The project was originally initiated by the Department of Zoology in cooperation with the Department of Botany, both members of the Faculty of Life Sciences. The third party to its establishment was the Department of Anatomy of the Faculty of Medicine.
Nature Campus is unique in its bringing together a rare combination of infrastructures such as exist in few places throughout the world. The project incorporates national nature collections that document the biological diversity of the country and the region, a zoological research garden boasting the largest collection of indigenous fauna, and botanic gardens in which one can experience the landscapes of the country’s flora and acquaint oneself with plant life from around the world. In total, Nature Campus operates on an area of about 6 hectares (60,000 sq.m.). In addition, and most importantly, Nature Campus is nurtured by the country’s largest, most comprehensive center of research in biology and the preservation of nature.
Nature Campus activities introduce schoolchildren, teachers, nature counselors and the general public to the treasures of nature housed Tel Aviv University, and to the world of scientific research of nature and the environment. Nature Campus counselors, all of them graduate students from the Faculties of Life Sciences and Medicine, are engaged in research into biodiversity. All activities are supervised by senior faculty members, who also periodically run activities.
We are currently promoting the building of a structure to house and preserve the nature collections in a manner commensurate with their scientific importance. Slated to cater not only to scientific endeavors, it will include facilities for teaching, an attractive public display of collections, and provision of services for the visiting public. This will further promote Nature Campus’ aim of public education.
Nature Campus activities will promote a deep respect for the natural world around us, while it educates regarding ecological and evolutionary processes, offering new insights into the complexities of nature.