Quick nature escapes relieve city stress!

Life at a school as big as UW-Madison can get overwhelming at times. That’s why it’s so important to find little times throughout the day to get away from the stress of the city.

Luckily, out campus is full of beautiful spaces where students can go take a short walk to escape the rigors of student life, if only for a moment. These spots are on, or just next to campus, which makes them ideal locations for lunch or study breaks.

One beautiful escape located on the UW campus is the Allen Centennial Garden. This space is free to the public making it a lovely setting for a lunch between classes. There are many flowering plants, a koi pond and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the views.

Entrance to Muir Woods

A personal favorite spot of mind is the Muir Woods. Named for world renowned naturalist and UW-Madison Alumni John Muir, this little slice of woodland lines the perimeter of campus near Bascom hill. It will most likely be the least populated spot in this list, but not for lack of natural beauty. Under a thick canopy of trees lie a series of dirt hiking trails, which lead to breathtaking views of Lake Mendota.

Right in the center of campus, just behind Birge Hall, is a lovely botanical garden. This is a popular spot for students to take a break between classes and enjoy a variety of plants cultivated by the botany department.

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