Urban ecology is the subfield of ecology which deals with the interaction of plants, animals and humans with each other and with their environment in urban or urbanizing settings.
Analysis of urban settings in the context of ecosystem ecology can result in healthier, better managed communities. Studying the factors which allow wild plants and animals to survive in built environments can also create more livable spaces. It allows people to adapt to the changing environment while preserving the resources. Emphasis is also placed on planning communities with environmentally sustainable methods via design and building materials in order to promote a healthy and biodiverse urban ecosystem.
-Wikipedia entry for “Urban Ecology”
Located within the urban reaches of San Antonio, yet retaining the potential for a rich and diverse array of ecosystems, Phil Hardberger Park can be a model for a vibrant urban ecology, demonstrating the dynamic and productive interaction between natural processes and urban systems, and contributing to a legacy of great parks across the country. The presence of a living and working ecological system in the midst of the city fosters the stewardship of the natural and cultural landscape to inspire generations to care for Phil Hardberger Park and the larger environment.
Urban ecology centers support the missions of both science and education, contributing to a wealth of knowledge about our environment and helping foster ecologically responsible citizens through hands-on discovery. This may occur through exhibit and example; field work and data collection; lessons and observation, all while taking advantage of unique physical conditions and local ecologies.