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Welcome to the School of Forestry and Horticulture at Southern Illinois University! Our programs have a long history of engaged students, excellent academics, innovative research, and an extensive alumni network that spans the country.

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Our Academic Programs

At our core, we are a family of educators, students, and alumni who love nature, plants, trees, wildlife, and water, and who are most comfortable with a little dirt on our boots.

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To fulfill our academic mission, students must have the opportunity to get their hands dirty! They must be able to put their knowledge to the test, work with a team, and receive this fundamental hands-on experience to become leaders in their field.

We believe that having a teaching greenhouse on campus, right outside our classroom doors is the BEST way to accomplish this!

Momentum of the SIU Magazine did a spotlight feature on Dr. Ruffner and the history of the FireDawgs!

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