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CSU campuses offer plenty of reason​s to visit. These hidden gems merit a road trip up and down the state.​ 
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“The Academic Owl” was gifted to the campus by community philanthropists Milt and Betty Younger in 2014. Betty Younger fabricated the metal owl in hopes it would inspire lifelong learning. Students flock to the owl, one of several public sculptures on campus, to eat lunch, study and chat.
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Round Mountain, hukisunupahani lo’ka’aliyaš ’isatʰwiwa (we restore the path to sathwiwa), is a sacred site to the Chumash indigenous people, who inhabited the land upon which the campus stands. Last fall, students and campus volunteers helped clear the path to the mountain, which eventually will open to the public.
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Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Raymond Carver published his first work of fiction while attending Chico State from 1958-60. “The Furious Seasons” appeared in 1960 in Selection, a student literary magazine Carver started. Original volumes, which sell for thousands of dollars, reside in Meriam Library Special Collections.
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When erosion threatened a hill on campus in 2014, groundskeepers created this miniature village to help combat drainage issues. Using found materials and small plants, they conjured up a charming gnome village whose cute structures and foliage keep silt from running into drainpipes.
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The hilltop view from the Hayward campus includes much of the East Bay, including the San Mateo and Dumbarton bridges. On a clear day, you can see across to the peninsula and even the San Francisco skyline.
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The Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market's most popular product is homemade ice cream. Offered by the cup, cone or in containers, a couple of dozen flavor options are available. The most popular? Bulldog Tracks—vanilla ice cream with marble chocolate fudge swirl and peanut butter cups.
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The Fullerton Arboretum on campus is the largest botanical garden in Orange County. The 26-acre arboretum collaborates with faculty on research and with other institutions on conservation projects. It boasts an extensive tree collection with an associated database and rare, endangered plants and specimens.
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In 1971, redwood seedlings orbited the moon in the Apollo 14 lunar module. It was part of an experiment to investigate the effects of zero gravity on the seminal development of different tree species. Most of the space seeds germinated and are now planted across HSU’s campus.
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Cal State Long Beach is home to one of five large pyramids in the United States. The iconic blue Walter Pyramid is where the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams play. It rises 18 stories and attracts more than 200,000 visitors annually.
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“Olympic Fantasy,” a mosaic tile work by muralist Guillermo “Bill” Granizo, was installed in 1984 on the west side of the physical education building at Cal State LA. The campus was the site of the XXIII (23rd) Olympiad judo events.
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The waterfront campus is part of the San Francisco Bay Trail, a 500-mile walking and biking path that one day will allow continuous travel around San Francisco Bay. Visitors may see the academy’s historic boathouse and if it’s in port, the 500-foot training ship Golden Bear.
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“Fog collectors” resembling trampolines standing on end can be seen near the campus’s Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library. Professor Dan Fernandez uses the devices for research to combat poor visibility and air pollution caused by fog. The devices also collect water, which could help ease the world’s water supply crisis.
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With more than 400 Valencia orange trees on approximately five acres, the CSUN Orange Grove is a feature of the university’s campus landscape and urban forest. The grove is used for studying bee populations and provides a scenic and tranquil place to visit, socialize and study.
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Cal Poly Pomona’s W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center has the longest continuous Arabian horse breeding program in the United States. Established in 1925 by cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg, the center continues to hold Sunday horse shows for the public. About 10 to 15 foals are born each spring.
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The planetarium is the centerpiece of the campus’s new Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex. The 360-degree dome opened in August 2019 and features public astronomy shows hosted by Sac State faculty members. Shows sell out quickly, so plan ahead to purchase tickets.
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Since its opening in 1996, the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) has become a major cultural center in the region. RAFFMA is best known for its Egyptian antiquities collection, the largest display of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the western United States, encompassing years of history.
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A ring of Helena Blavatsky, Russian spiritualist and co-founder of the Theosophical Society, is on display as part of “Revisiting Visionary Utopia: Katherine Tingley’s Lomaland, 1898-1942,” in the Department of Special Collections at the SDSU Library.
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The Vista Room is an elegant full-service restaurant offering an eclectic menu of delicious fare (coq au vin blanc, anyone?) prepared and served by students in the university’s restaurant operations and hospitality management classes. The restaurant is on the fourth floor of San Francisco State’s Burk Hall.
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As part of the city of San Jose's commitment to the arts, the San Jose Public Art Program commissioned artist Mel Chin to create “Recolecciones,” 34 works of art throughout SJSU's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library.
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Cal Poly’s Shakespeare Press Museum, a 19th century working printing museum, celebrates 50 years in 2020. It contains rare letterpress equipment, over 500 fonts of handset type and a variety of printing papers. As a letterpress printing office, it can produce cards, bookmarks, posters and personal projects.
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Cal State San Marcos unveiled its first outdoor public art, a bronze statue of famed civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, in 1997. Today, the statue, standing atop steps also named for Chavez, represents the heart of campus life at CSUSM, and proud graduates frequently pose for photos with the bronze.
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The Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Grove at Sonoma State honors survivors and victims of genocides worldwide. The grove includes a sapling from a horse chestnut tree that grew outside the home of Anne Frank.
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Atop Naraghi Hall of Science is an astronomical observatory that, because of its location on the tree-studded campus, is not visible from the street. The 2007 observatory supports classes and is home to frequent receptions and lectures.
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