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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Summertime is Outdoor Time at WCC

  • This horn coral from about 400 million years ago is among numerous fossils in a 55-ton boulder on WCC’s campus.
  • The benches along the edge of the Morris Lawrence pond provide an ideal place to read.

Summertime is one of the best times to enjoy the WCC campus, and you don’t have to be a student to participate in a number of fun activities.

Bike From Border to Border

The Washtenaw County Border-to-Border Trail connects east Ann Arbor to Wayne County. One spur or loop of the route crosses behind the WCC Health and Fitness Center on Huron River Drive and ends at McAuley Drive. Bicyclists and joggers have a trail that, when completed, will comprise more than 35 miles of paved pathways across Washtenaw County. Rest a few minutes at the scenic overlook on the edge of the Huron River. You’ll find it adjacent to the softball field.

Count the Fossils

See how many unique varieties of fossils you can find on the largest fossil-filled rock in Washtenaw County. The 55-ton boulder sits between the Crane Liberal Arts and Science and Family Education buildings. Estimated to be 400 million years old, it was carried to Ann Arbor from northeast Michigan by ice known as the Saginaw Lobe about 50,000 years ago. Once you’ve had your fill of fossils, step inside the Crane building and touch the rocks indigenous to the Great Lakes State at the one-of-a-kind Michigan rock wall on the first floor west hallway.

Enjoy a Concert

WCC and the Ypsilanti Community Band have come together to form the Washtenaw Community Concert Band. Its summer concert series begins Thursday, May 27, in WCC’s Towsley Auditorium with guest conductor Max Plank, a longtime Eastern Michigan University band director. The curtain goes up at 7:30pm. The performances move outdoors to the WCC community park June 24 and July 29 at 7:30pm, weather permitting. The whole family will enjoy these free musical events. For more information visit www.ypsicommband.org.

Find the Treasure

Geocaching is a high-tech outdoor treasure hunt using GPS devices to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, often in public parks and nature areas. WCC is home to one such cache. Find it and tell us about your hunt on our Facebook page—but don’t give the location away.

Toss a Few Three-Pointers

There's nothing like fresh air and a little athletic competition. Bring your basketball and shoot a few hoops on one of the two side-by-side courts at the new outdoor athletic complex adjacent to the WCC Fitness Center. Gather together some friends for lobs and spikes on the new volleyball court. There's also outdoor tennis on elevated platforms to the west of the Fitness Center. If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the court.

Relax and Meditate

Sometimes it’s nice to find a quiet spot to enjoy a good book. WCC has several outdoor areas in which to read, relax, and contemplate the lovely scenery around you. Just east of the Morris Lawrence building on top of a sloping berm, you’ll find a bench overlooking the ML pond. Further along the southern edge of the pond is a seating area with three benches, created in memory of a beloved WCC employee. Across the pond is another seating area along the pathway between ML and the Student Center building. It provides a beautiful view of the pines and hardwoods that border the area. Sometimes you might see a turtle or swan.

Travel west to the pond along parking lot 6 and you’ll find another bench dedicated to two long-time WCC faculty members. Don’t be surprised if a red-tailed hawk glides overhead or an immature blue heron stops in for a rest. Canadian geese are regulars, too.

If you’d like to brush up on your Frisbee skills, toss a ball, or practice guitar in a quiet place, spend a little time in the WCC community park just north of the Gunder Myran building.

Use the campus map to plan your trip to WCC.

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