Last Friday was a beautiful day here at UNH despite all the gloomy New England winter weather patterns we’ve come across lately. It was 45 degrees and sunny, resulting in a decent amount of the snow beginning to melt! My RA is studying wildlife and conservation biology at UNH and her favorite place on campus is College Woods, located just behind the baseball field. She has walked out there for some of her labs and classes and is always intrigued by her surroundings. She offered to take me on a hike through the woods Friday afternoon, so we grabbed another RA and stayed outside in the woods for over two hours! We followed pre-made snow trails and even made our own. My RA taught both of us all about different types of trees and wildlife located throughout college woods and I actually learned a lot — like which plants are edible and which aren’t! She even pointed out her favorite and least favorite trees.
Hiking through College Woods is just another fun activity for UNH students. I love being adventurous and exploring new territories (but it was a bonus going with someone who was already familiar with the area). The best part was that we didn’t even have to leave campus!
Written by Rachel Afrow, UNH Class of 2016