Hunt for the Hidden Treasures of MSU

MSU is known for its agricultural roots and beautiful green campus, but how many of its places are left unexplored? We’ve scoured for the most stunning areas you may never know about and compiled a list below. Worth a stop even if you only visit once, these locations are exemplary of Michigan State and its commitment to keeping our environment beautiful and alive.

Baker Woodlot: The Baker Woodlot is the 78-acre forest you might never have heard of. Take a stroll on the trails through the lot to soak up some nature and a moment of serenity. Find entrances off of Farm Lane and by the Clinical Center.

Graffiti (Not pictured): Get a taste of the underground by checking out the graffiti under the many bridges at MSU. Graffiti is considered art by some and an eyesore by the rest. Choose for yourself by visiting graffiti-heavy bridges such as on Bogue Street or Farm Lane (Near The Rock) and viewing their marked-up the undersides.

Horticulture and Demonstration Gardens: The Horticulture and Demonstration Gardens comprise a number of gardens, including the 4-H Children’s Garden, the Vegetables and Insect Pollinators Garden, the Judith A. DeLapa Perennial Garden, and more. Each garden is distinct, with different plants, decorations and large structures, so visitors will find something new and delightful around every corner.

Sanford Natural Area (Not pictured): Just off the beaten path north of East Neighborhood is the Sanford Natural Area. Enter the fenced-in area through openings near Hagadorn Road or past the Bogue Street Bridge to walk among lush green trees and take in the sounds of nature, including chirping birds and flowing Red Cedar River.

Radiology Healing Gardens: On the eastern side of the Radiology Building is a gorgeous babbling waterfall fountain, pond and collection of plants and flowers. This is a tucked-away space for reflection and serenity that every Spartan should visit at least once.

Lewis Landscape Arboretum: The Lewis Landscape Arboretum is home to small sculpted courtyards, wide swaths of grass and shape-forming stones.  Just south of the train tracks west of Bogue Street, this little-known area is designed as an instructional arboretum for students interested in landscape development. Sit on the benches to soak in sunlight or pose next to the inset stone Spartan helmet.


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