Enjoy the Outdoors

The Botanical Gardens are a great place to break away from daily life and go out in nature.


Stephanie Stensson-Martinez

Covid-19 has been a very impactful pandemic to everyone. Students haven’t been able to go out, hangout with friends, go to school, go to their sports, etc. While social distancing limits activities, according to the CDC being outdoors is safer.

Going to the Botanic Gardens can be an amazing experience for people during these hard times. The Botanic Gardens is a beautiful open space where students can go out, enjoy nature and maybe even have fun. According to Inside Higher ED, students struggling with their mental health and having a hard time coping with being indoors all the time, being outdoors can help cope with students’ mental health. 

There are so many different things you can do at the Botanical Gardens.

“I have been going to the Botanic Gardens lately to do my homework because it is very peaceful and I really enjoy being outdoors while doing my work,” senior Ella Cuico said.

Students who do not like being inside all the time can get out and go do their work in a peaceful place. 

“When I get bored I will go to the Botanic Gardens just to enjoy the sounds of nature.” Senior Sydney Sandoval said. “It’s a good place to go when you need to calm down.”

Even if students feel frustrated and feel like they can’t calm down, going to the botanic Gardens can be a good way to calm yourself down and it’s also a way you can feel free. 

“I go to the Botanical Gardens to take hikes and explore nature.” Senior David Trautman said. “I even go there sometimes to practice playing soccer.”

Students are able to do any of these things during the pandemic. There are many different things students could do there as well like having a picnic, go write in a journal, practice your sports, take a nice calming walk, enjoy the sunrise or sunset, have a photoshoot, etc and these are all fun things to go and do during the pandemic.

The Botanic Gardens is opened every weekday and weekend from 8:00 a.m-6:45 p.m. This garden is located at Dover Hendrix Park.

Photo by Stephanie Stensson-Martinez