The National Wildlife Federation says the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's campus is one of the "wildest" in the nation for the school's commitment to ecology.

UL Lafayette is one of 85 colleges and universities, and the only one in Louisiana, profiled in “The Campus Wild: How College and University Green Landscapes Provide Havens for Wildlife and ‘Lands-on’ Experiences for Students.”

The article highlights Cypress Lake, a two-acre microcosm of the nearby Atchafalaya River Basin. Cypress Lake is home to alligators, several species of turtles, and fish such as bass, sunfish, and garfish. Birds, such as hawks, nest in the lake’s cypress trees, and water birds, such as egrets and herons, wade its shores.

“The Campus Wild” guide can be viewed at http://www.nwf.org/Campus-Ecology/Resources/Reports/The-Campus-Wild.aspx