PHOTO | Tara Espinoza
Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow this year, but Arkansas is seeing warmer days in its forecast. While a sudden shift back to cold weather would not be surprising for this state, Arka Tech wants to encourage students to take advantage of the nice weather.
Dandelions are blooming, spring birds are returning, and everything on campus looks a little greener. Many studies have shown that outside reduces cortisol levels, muscle tension, heart rate, and stress. Even just one hour outside can improve your day and health. Those with allergies, however, need always to make sure to take the necessary precautions for their well-being before launching into an outdoor activity.
Arkansas Tech is one of the best campuses to enjoy green hours on. Tech is known for its numerous trees and supports many outdoor activities.
There are volleyball nets for active students in multiple spots on campus and other intramural sports. Tech also has its own running trail that moves through campus. If you want a more easygoing outdoor activity, try hammocking at one of the hammock spots on campus. Several picnic tables around campus are also great for enjoying the sunshine while reading a book or doing homework.
You could also join one of the many outdoor student organizations. The ATU fishing team and the fisheries and wildlife club are great places to start. This is a great way to make friends and spend time outside together.
There are also many great outdoor opportunities off campus. The Bona Dea trail is only five minutes from campus and is excellent for a calm stroll in the warm weather. Lake Dardanelle is a beautiful state park with campsites, fishing docks, and plenty of boating opportunities. Just a little farther is Mount Nebo which has mountain bike trails and a beautiful view.
It doesn’t matter how you spend your time outside as long as you enjoy yourself and reap the benefits of the excellent weather. This is the Natural State, after all.