Take a Walk: A Stroll Around the University Campus


A few days ago, I took a walk down memory lane – the campus of the University of Montana. I don’t get to go there much often anymore; I live in different part of town and graduated many years ago.

I forgot how beautiful the campus is and what blissful shade and coolness the many trees provide on a hot Montana summer day.

The park-like setting of the campus stretched longer than I remembered. I found many new buildings which weren’t there during my time, like the Native American Center. It’s nestled perfectly between the rows of old trees and seems to have been there forever.

I walked along the small but impressive native plant garden.

Just behind the Emma B. Lommasson Center I found another treasure, the all new and lush gardens of the University Dining Services. It is also worth walking by the Performing Arts Center and checking out the UM Theater and Dance schedule for the 2012-13 season.

Last but not least, I also enjoyed the familiarity of my old classroom buildings, the view from the oval towards Mount Sentinel and dodging the many fountain high spraying sprinklers.

Walking down memory awakened my learning spirit. I found myself thumbing through the new class schedule looking for this one class I always wanted to take.

I finished my walk with a stop at the new Buttercup Café, where the Java Café used to be, which is also a new but seems like it has been there forever.

Happy Trails,



The new Native American Center at the University of Montana.
The new Native Ameri...
The UM's native plants garden.
The UM's native...
The UM Dining Services garden.
The UM Dining Servic...


Before you lace up those hiking boots, check out Silke’s other posts about walks and hikes in and around Missoula or visit the Make it Missoula hiking page.


Silke Jauck is a German native and Missoulian by choice. She and her family have packed and unpacked their suitcases and moving boxes in four continents and have finally settled in Missoula and called it home.

She lives with her husband, three daughters, and a dwarf rabbit in the Target Range neighborhood. Silke is the publisher of Friendship Book, a made-in-Montana keepsake and activity book for children ages 6-12. She also has a blog about life hacks at Silke Good Ideas, and you can visit her Make it Missoula blog archive.