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Lourdes Life Lab coordinator and curriculum facilitator Linda Penn, right, points out features of the luna moths living in the Life Lab to technical supervisor Marge Malinowski, left, and director Sr. Rosine Sobczak, center.





The Life Lab of Lourdes University has recently been named a Certified Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). As a Wildlife Habitat, the Life Lab’s outdoor garden space is part of a worldwide network of mini-refuges supporting plant and animal life while working to conserve natural resources.

“We are thrilled that the Life Lab continues to be recognized for its outstanding operation and commitment to the environment and are so grateful to the many hardworking staff, volunteers and community partners who help us complete our mission,” shares Sr. Rosine Sobczak, Director. The Life Lab has previously partnered with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and has been recognized as an outstanding project by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

For more than 20 years, Lourdes University’s Life Lab has served as a valuable natural and environmental resource, offering science instruction, activities and materials for pre-service education majors and existing teachers. In the Spirit of St. Francis, the Life Lab also works to foster values-based environmental awareness in children and adults through a variety of community outreach activities such as its annual summer science camp.

The National Wildlife Federation began the Certified Wildlife Habitat program in 1973 and has since certified more than 3,000 schools and community sites. In order to become certified, a property must provide sustenance and shelter for wildlife and must employ sustainable gardening practices. NWF teaches the importance of environmental stewardship by providing guidelines for making landscapes more hospitable to wildlife. Its mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for future generations. For more information, visit


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