The map above shows the layout of the woods. We entered near the orange arrow and progressed south through the Conifer Garden and into the Prairie.
While exploring the pathways through the Prairie it is easy to forget that you are in the middle of the city. Just south of the Prairie are the green houses that hold the Wheeler Orchid Collection.
The Wheeler Orchid Collection
Thousands of Orchids cover every surface of the greenhouse.
Just outside of the orchid house is the East Woods. The East Woods trails cut through thick Indiana forest. Watch out for the abundant poison ivy that creeps up to the trail edge.
The East Entrance
I was disappointed to observe that the trees in Christy Woods are not identified, though it makes sense considering teachers use these trees to quiz students on identification. All in all the woods offer students a place to learn about the natural world without leaving campus. It has been a great resource to the University that I hope will remain for generations to come.