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Fresh air: Get outside this spring

Katie Bradham, Photo Editor
A map of the South Carolina Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens offer a large variety of trails and gardens to explore. It boasts over 290 acres of gardens and hosts a large assortment of ornamental plants.

Clemson has a lot to offer students, especially when it comes to the outdoors. As the weather gets warmer and the days longer, our attention is turning from our exams to the sunny spots on campus.
From studying in the amphitheater to biking in the botanical gardens, Clemson has plenty of options for students to get outside. If enjoying the outdoors alone isn’t for you, the University offers organizations and club sports that focus on the outdoors. TigerQuest can be used to discover organizations that best serve your interests.
The botanical gardens offers a lot of ways to get active and get outdoors. The gardens offer beautiful and educational walking paths as well as tours and upcoming plant sales that can be used to start up a small garden. With new growth and flowers blooming, now is the best time to go visit the gardens.
If the weather is nice, you don’t have to walk further than Bowman Field to enjoy the sun. As spring comes, students flood the field. There always seems to be a surplus of activities taking place, like volleyball, Spikeball or picnicking. Grab a blanket to do some homework or meet a friend or two and go have fun! Not to mention lunch is only a short walk downtown.
The horticulture club is a fun way to get outside while also honing your gardening skills. Their TigerQuest bio reads: “The functions of the horticulture club are to expand the student’s knowledge and awareness as well as their passion for horticultural topics. This will be accomplished through monthly meetings, field trips, guest speakers, volunteering, as well as engaged discussions with peers and professors.” With Earth Day just around the corner, the horticulture club offers a way to improve your knowledge of the world while having fun.
Clemson Roundnet (Spikeball) is another opportunity to be active outside. They host two meetings every week on the intramural fields. There aren’t any practices, so there’s no pressure for commitment. Although, if you’re competitive there are plenty of opportunities to show off your skills. All of these options are fantastic ways to get outside and boost your spirits.
With finals approaching and classes concluding at the end of April, the outdoors also offers a way to de-stress. As someone who loves the outdoors and nature, I highly recommend getting your hands dirty and starting a small apartment garden or taking a walk in the botanical gardens. If you’re someone who likes to stay active, try joining a club like Spikeball or volleyball. Whatever your interest are, there’s always a way to get outside.

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