Outdoor Education

Among the best places to enjoy art, sculptures, and botanical gardens? College campuses during summer are lovely places to stroll, observe natural beauty and creative art outdoors, plus find surprises like a nearby beach. Here are a few to see.

Week 06.16.2021
Regions Southern CA

Skip School for the Beach

Stroll UCSD Campus and Go to a Nearby Beach in La Jolla

Woman hiking down to Black's Beach in La Jolla San Diego
Fallen Star model house teetering on edge of the engineering building at University of California, San Diego
Woman standing at the sculpture of granite as the Paradise Lost Book at University of California, San Diego
Head to UCSD (University of California, San Diego) for a campus stroll followed by a hike down sandstone cliffs to Black’s Beach in La Jolla.
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Hike Reno Tahoe!

Amazing Summer Hikes Around Reno Tahoe

woman hiking Mount Rose by Lake Tahoe and Reno
Man looking at Truckee River in Reno Oxbow Nature Study Area
Man and woman enjoying food trucks in Reno
With its vibrant summer events and easy outdoor access, Reno Tahoe is a fantastic choice for adventure. From mountain peaks to premier views of Lake Tahoe, here are some of the best hikes in the region.
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Art of the Matter

Do a UCLA College Campus Walk Among Art, Architecture, and Botanical Gardens

Person looking at an outdoor art installation at UCLA in Los Angeles
Raised piano art installation at UCLA campus in Los Angeles
Person sitting on a bench overlooking a green grassy area at UCLA
Wander the school grounds of the most-applied-to university in the nation for an outdoors study in art, architecture, and gardening. The University of California, Los Angeles has a nice 3.5-mile route with historic buildings, unique sculptures, serene botanic gardens, and no final exams!
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Rock of Ages

Explore the campus of Caltech for geological secrets

Relaxing walks can be filled with wonders, and this one on a college campus should not be taken for granite. Follow the pun by wandering the campus of one of the world’s top scientific institutions, Caltech—home to a best-kept geological secret.
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  4. Border Field State Park

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