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Refuge is an educational resource intended to promote understanding and empathy for the importance of biodiversity in our world.


The primary goal is to help, in E.O. Wilson's words, "the little things that run the world". 

Without Them, There is no Us.


Much of the information on the site has been compiled from trusted sources including:

Homegrown National Park™ is a term coined by Doug Tallamy:

“Our National Parks, no matter how grand in scale are too small and separated from one another to preserve species to the levels needed.  Thus, the concept for Homegrown National Park, a bottom-up call-to-action to restore habitat where we live and work, and to a lesser extent where we farm and graze, extending national parks to our yards and communities.” 

For more information on large scale projects tackling these enormous problems:

The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation has the Half-Earth Project.


"Half-Earth is a call to protect half the land and half the sea in order to manage sufficient habitat to ensure the long-term health of our planet."

Kara Cassidy Hall is a creative agitator who’s transdisciplinary works weave together the relationships between Art, Ecology and Pedagogy. Using making as a catalyst for investigating ecological resilience she seeks to re-establish our connections with outdoor spaces in the Anthropocene. Hall has shown work across the US and attended Artist Residencies across the globe. She recently graduated with a Masters in Applied Craft and Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


The intersection of Art, Pedagogy and Ecology is an open frontier for provoking positive change in the world around us. Shifting perspective, resilience building and diverse ecology are dynamic structures at the core of my practice. My work is simultaneously generating empathy for our ecological non-human counterparts while using curiosity and wonder to re-examine our human relationship with the Anthropocene. A world without biodiversity is a world without humanity; a world without them is a world without us.

See her personal website at

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