Art Old Dixie EcoWalk

More than 62 species of Florida native plants, provide food and shelter for native butterflies, wildlife and a welcoming environment for the human species. A lush pedestrian pathway in the reforested area – about a quarter of a mile long and fifty feet wide – includes carved Florida cap rock sculptures used as resting spots, bases for plant identification tiles, educational interpretive panels and butterfly watering basins.

The informational panels actively encourage the public to learn about the benefits of this new wildlife habitat and the project’s energy saving community. The canopy will reduce the Heat Island Effect and CO2 levels, while the artistic elements provide an aesthetic quality and educational opportunities about sustainable practices. Old Dixie EcoWalk is an active resource for organizations such as the North America Butterfly Association (NABA) and the Florida Native Plant Society, landscape professionals as well as for area schools and museums. It demonstrates how enjoyable and necessary sustainable design is for all species.

To create the Old Dixie EcoWalk eco public at project, Lucy Keshavarz, Art & Culture Group, Inc. and David Bodker, Landscape Architecture/Planning, Inc. consulted with scientists and Lepidoptera professionals, Mary R. Truglio, Wildlife Biologist with Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Habitat & Species Conservation; Alana Edwards, Education & Training Coordinator with FAU's Center for Environmental Studies; and Jaret C. Daniels, PHD, Assistant Curator & Assistant Director of Education with McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, University of Florida.