Wildlife Preserve

The name Ecophilian is derived from “eco-” meaning habitat or environment and “philia” meaning a friendly feeling for. To that end, caring for creation with ecological awareness is the focus of St. Mark’s environmental committee. A perfect local example of this mission is our own church campus, for which the Ecophilians provided important guidance in terms of energy-saving design and environmental sustainability during the two-year building process. They also participate in the annual Orange County Coalition for the Environment Conference, coordinate St. Mark’s yearly Earth Day program, and award the annual Parry Environmental Scholarships to two deserving college students who have a demonstrated interest in the spiritual dimension of environmental sciences.