No snow! Take advantage of it


A recent sunrise colors the sky at Reiman Gardens. Photo by Andrew Gogerty.

The calendar may say winter but Mother Nature has been telling a different story. With a significant lack of snow and plenty of sunshine, there are ways to get outside and enjoy the weather while getting some exercise. Inside offers a few ways to take advantage of the warm February days or get moving indoors while learning more about campus.

  • Recreation services' Adventure Program has a range of outdoor equipment rental possibilities. Everything from camping gear to pickle ball sets and ultimate frisbee is available. Rental prices vary depending on membership status with rec services. If the nice weather has inspired you to get on your bicycle but it needs a little maintenance, rec services has that covered through appointment.

  • Take a stroll around Reiman Gardens. The gardens has accessible walking paths and no worry right now about snow or ice. Some cardinals and robins set up residence as do cabbage butterflies and the morning cloaks. If you are looking to soak up some sun, the benches by Lake Helen are a nice spot. Indoors, the conservatory has a new spring cottage display, and remember to enjoy the butterfly wing. ISU employees receive a 20% discount off any membership level.

  • Take the time to learn about and enjoy some of the amazing art across campus. The Anderson Sculpture Garden south of Morrill Hall features some impressive works including Ghost Trees. If an indoor self-guided tour is more your speed, George Washington Carver, The Student and Visionary is currently the Art on Campus Collection. University Museums staff also hosts Art Walks the last Wednesday of each month (noon-1 p.m.). Groups of employees can book -- with two weeks' notice -- a custom Art on Campus tour.

  • ISU WellBeing has numerous strolls for well-being categorized by season. Take a walk at your own pace and time. For Adventure2 participants, several activities can get you outside and moving, including a 7,500 daily steps challenge. Friday noon walks on campus resume after spring break, but Adventure2 participants can post their own walks in Campus Connections on the "Home" page to form groups for camaraderie and exercise.