Fun things to do around campus this fall

October 25, 2021

Here are a few of our favorite things.

Fall brings out vibrant colors across campus
Fall brings out vibrant colors across campus
Fall colors on campus on the pathway to the Science Learning and Research Center. Photo by Sarah Tuxbury

Fall is a classic campus season. Cool air is perfect for a Michigan hoodie and a warm drink while looking at beautiful scenery in an array of fall colors. And it’s all steps from your office or classroom.

Wander around the woods

Join the Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC) staff naturalists on guided walks through the outdoor Environmental Study Area from noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays this fall for their "I Wonder Wanders" walks. Don’t worry — they aren’t going for Blair Witch Project realness. These daylight walks are for the EIC experts to give us a bit more information about stunning fall foliage and the creatures that call campus home. No RSVP needed and it's specifically for the UM-Dearborn community. Ready for a quick outdoor adventure? Please gather at the picnic tables behind the EIC a little before noon.


On those rainy fall days, get some history

If the weather isn’t cooperating for a walk around campus’ EIC, stroll around the Henry Ford — the museum is open year round — and see artifacts like Rosa Parks’ bus, cars that date back to the late 1800s, and American toys and music throughout the past 100 years.There are millions of artifacts to see, so there’s something for everyone.

All UM-Dearborn students get a free membership at the Henry Ford if they show their MCard at the museum’s Welcome Center. Student perks include unlimited access to the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village and Giant Screen Experience traditional films.

Decorate for Hail-o-ween

Add a bit of “Go Boo” to your Halloween decor and pumpkin carving party. There are six unique UM-Dearborn pumpkin carving stencils that you can use to get started, or come up with your own unique design.

Watch or read scary stories

Pick up a spooky novel or film while at Mardigian Library. The library also has a selection of horror movies and scary stories that you can enjoy right from your computer like Stephen King’s Carrie and Bram Stoker’s Dracula on e-book, and films like Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods via streaming. Library hours are here and you can browse their selection here.

Warm up with fall flavors

Maple, pumpkin spice, chai, and caramel are arguably the unofficial ingredients of fall in Michigan. Find these flavors in lattes, hot ciders and pastries on menus across campus, from McKinley Café to Mug Life. Looking for a meeting spot or snack break near campus with autumnal flavors? Try Brome Modern Eatery, where milkshakes are blended with salted caramel and Madagascar vanilla bean, or brunch at The Great Commoner, where brown butter pancakes are topped with burnt cinnamon whipped cream and Michigan maple syrup. Dearborn is also home to a number of Yemeni cafes, like Qahwah House and Romantica Café, where Arabic coffees are brewed with spicy flavors, such as fresh ginger, cardamom and cloves.

Say ‘Go Boo!’ when you cheer on our athletes

Want to get pumped for your favorite Wolverine team? Check out this Spotify Gameday playlist by the University of Michigan. And there’s tons of upcoming action you can watch. Our Dearborn Wolverines Men’s Ice Hockey team has a home game at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 vs. Concordia in the Fieldhouse. The Women's Ice Hockey team has a game coming up against Ann Arbor at 9 p.m. Nov. 5 at Artic Edge in Canton. Women and Men’s soccer and volleyball have upcoming home matches too. Check out the Dearborn Wolverines schedules here.

UM-Dearborn home athletics events are free for UM-Dearborn students, faculty and staff.

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