Biodiversity on campus

In its development plan, the University of Jyväskylä has pledged to promote planetary well-being as well as to follow the action models of sustainable development (read more about the University’s themes of sustainable development from the website of the JYU resource wisdom community: JYU Wisdom). The University’s unique, historically stratified green environment is an important part of the entire green landscape network of the City of Jyväskylä and also an integral part of the city’s Green Loop (for more, see Jyväskylä Kehä Vihreä / Green Loop).


According to nature inventories, especially Seminaarinmäki has significant natural value, with a number of endangered insect and plant species living in the area. There are also flying squirrels on Seminaarinmäki, and nest boxes for them have been installed in several trees in the area. Similarly, there are numerous birdhouses for different bird species as well as for local bat populations. You can also find wood avens (Geum urbanum), which is a scarce plant in Central Finland, growing in the grove-like areas of the ridge in the northern part of Seminaarinmäki.


In the Botanic Garden, several measures and projects have been launched in recent years to promote biodiversity. On campus, you can see newly established and already well-developed meadow areas, different deadwood gardens, “insect hotels” as well as untended areas deliberately left to their natural state.

Campus meadows

Deadwood gardens

Cultivation sites of the Botanic Garden

Fauna on campus





The outdoor areas are open for everyone at all times, and you can find plant name plates especially on Seminaarinmäki and in Aalto Park.

View or print a map from here for a self-guided tour in the Seminaarinmäki garden.

Starting address: Seminaarinkatu 15, 40100 Jyväskylä.