Here at UMass Lowell, there are a myriad of ways in which to learn about sustainability, history, and culture outside of class while you are on campus, in the city, and abroad.
On-Campus Signs and Information
Don't just look at the sidewalk in front of you while you walk from class to class! There is much to learn about and appreciate on campus, such as:
Lowell: A National Historical Park and Part of the Bay Circuit Trail
UMass Lowell is smack dab in the middle of a National Historical Park, and with that designation comes a wide suite of offerings from the Lowell National Historical Park Service. East Campus is on the site of what was Little Canada, a French Canadian immigrant community, and if you keep your eyes open you'll be able to see several monuments and signs that give you a taste of the rich history here.
Those signs are actually part of a wider network of informational waterway walking trails that the National Historical Park Service is developing alongside several other organizations here in Lowell, such as the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust. These walkways allow you to explore the canals and rivers of Lowell while learning more about the impacts that immigration, technology, environmental change, and preservation have had on the city.
And in fact, those walkways also tie into a much larger trail network, the Bay Circuit Trail! This in-the-works trail system forms a ring around Boston, staying within Massachusetts the entire time. it begins on Plum Island of Newburyport, runs through Walden Pond and ends in Kingston, Massachusetts, with access to sleeping locations and commuter rail stops along the way. If you're interested in this or other outdoor activities in the area, check out UMass Lowell's Outdoor Adventure Program!
Study Abroad Programs
UMass Lowell offers several programs through the Office of Study Abroad and International Experiences in which you can immerse yourself in different cultures, economies, and ecosystems around the world.