Outdoor Facilities


Conrad Formal Gardens

This park-like area between Marcum Conference Center and The Miami Inn at the northeast end of campus is a popular spot for leisurely walks, picnics, and outdoor weddings. The beautiful scenery makes this space one of the most photographed places on campus.

Dogwoods Grove

Nestled in the farthest corner of North Quad, Dogwood Grove, waits patiently for anyone who wishes to take a break from our cement and red brick world, to reawaken themselves in the tranquility of nature.

The chorus of pond, fountain and birds provide a soothing melody for all that visit. Standing strong and tall, three Scarlet oak trees, uncommon to this area, dominate the center of Dogwood Grove, while smaller dogwood trees dot the periphery.

Ernst Nature Theater

The Ernst Nature Theater is an outdoor theatre constructed in 1921 on Miami University's Western Campus. It offers a beautiful setting for any event.

Peffer Park

A small portion of the land is a recreational park. The balance is maintained as a natural area to promote outdoor recreation, education, and research in the natural sciences. Common activities include hiking, snow skiing, mountain biking and birding. This space is also used frequently by Miami University's Outdoor Pursuit Center for many team building activities.

Freedom Summer Trails

This unique set of trails draws upon the oral histories, letters and diaries of 1964 Freedom Summer student volunteers who trained to register voters and teach in Freedom Schools in Mississippi. It offers a unique and educational opportunity to learn about Miami University’s involvement in this historic event while taking in some of the most scenic beauty that this campus has to offer.