Wednesday Nights Exploring Meditation, led by Zen master and Claremont McKenna College Professor Emeritus Steve Smith, are one-hour events that offer respite from the whirlwind of student life through sitting and walking meditation sessions.
Pomona College Organic Farm
The Pomona College Organic Farm offers Claremont Colleges students a unique chance to escape the physical and mental spaces of study and intimately connect with nature. Students will find ample opportunities to get involved in farm and garden events, all right at their doorstep.
Art Museums, Galleries, and More
Whether you are looking to brush up on Modernist painters or relax in a peaceful, beauty-filled space, museums are a great place to spend some downtime and come away refreshed and energized. The Claremont Colleges are home to several museums and galleries that are open to students, staff, and faculty. The East and Peggy Phelps Galleries on the CGU campus regularly host student and visiting work, and the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College offers a rich array of historical and contemporary art. The Pomona College Museum of Art originates lively and innovative art experiences that foster creative and critical thinking, often featuring cutting-edge artists from the Los Angeles art scene.
In addition, there are several restful spots around the colleges renowned for their natural tranquility and restorative beauty, including the Margaret Fowler Garden and Rose Garden at Scripps College, as well as the Sontag Greek Theatre and Turrell Sky Space at Pomona College.
Numerous day hikes await you just above Claremont in the scenic San Gabriel Mountains foothills. Ranging from easy to medium in difficulty, trails meander through Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, Johnson’s Pasture, and more, offering a lovely display of local flora and fauna, beautiful bird’s-eye views of the town below, and a great way to escape the stresses of student life, all just a short drive or bike ride away.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
The largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants, the California Botanic Garden (formerly Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden) is a privately funded, nonprofit living museum and vibrant center of learning as well as the location of CGU’s Department of Botany. The collections in the California Botanic Garden Research Library are of scientific import, especially in the field of botany, as well as Californiana. Visitors can enjoy seasonal plant displays, guided or DIY garden tours, a variety of classes, events, and family activities, and an onsite gift shop.
1500 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
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