Craig Huegel

Craig Huegel

St Petersburg College
Ecologist, Educator, Experimental Grower & Gardener

Adjunct Professor

29 years of experience with native plant education, restoration and gardening

Craig is renowned for his knowledge of plant-animal interactions and the design of wildlife-attracting landscapes. At the University of Florida, he co-founded the Urban Wildlife Extension Program and established the Florida Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program. He also established the Pinellas County Environmental Lands Division and served as Division Administrator for twelve years.

A much loved professor and teacher, Craig has authored several popular books promoting the use of Florida native plants, including books on landscaping for wildlife, gardening with wildflowers and using plants in shady gardens. He lectures widely across the state of Florida on the use of native plants in ecologically beneficial, sustainable landscapes. And whether it’s 8:00am or 8:00pm, Craig’s dynamic delivery and entertaining speaking style will keep you alert and inspired.

Craig is passionate about the joy and satisfaction native gardens and landscapes bring to our lives. He has received numerous state and regional awards from public agencies and private conservation groups for his ongoing environmental education, restoration and preservation efforts.

Craig has a B.A. in zoology and M.S. in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin.

He has a Ph.D. in animal ecology from Iowa State University.

Certified Wildlife Biologist with the Wildlife Society.