Tours and Other Fun Things
Take a guided tour to explore the campus at its bucolic best. And take advantage of opportunities throughout the weekend to have a little fun!
Note: When registering, you will be able to tell us which events you plan to attend so that we can plan appropriately.
Christopher Densmore, curator of Friends Historical Library, will lead a walking tour of campus and share stories about important families in Swarthmore's history—Parrish, Magill, Bond, Clothier, and Laing—and their connections to abolitionism, African-American education, and the Underground Railroad.
Friday, 2 p.m., beginning at the McCabe Library
Join Arboretum staff members, and learn about the plants that make the Arboretum a breathtaking environment. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled. For more information, please call (610) 328-8025. (This tour will also be offered on Saturday.) Registration is limited.
Friday, 1 to 3 p.m. and Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m., beginning at the Arboretum Offices
Join members of the Crum Woods Stewardship Committee to learn about the plants, wildlife, and ecology of the area and about the student-faculty research being conducted in the woods. Note: Sections of this tour will be over rough, uneven, wooded trails. Sturdy shoes and long pants are recommended. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled.
Saturday, 4 to 5 p.m., Amphitheater
This 3-mile course, which begins and ends at the Mullan Tennis and Fitness Center, was designed by men's cross-country team member Bennett Thompson `16 and runs through the campus and Crum Woods. Prizes will be awarded. In case of inclement weather, please call 610-957-6111 for cancellation information.
Participants should assemble Sunday at 9 a.m. for a 9:15 a.m. start.
First held in 1972, this annual boat race is a Swarthmore tradition! Students take to the waters of the Crum in watercraft of every kind—boats, rafts, pontoons—and anything else that floats. Students design and construct their vessels using mostly recycled materials. They try to stay afloat as best they can, often becoming soaked in the process. Join the spectators on the banks of Crum Creek by 10:15 a.m. on Sunday. In case of inclement weather, please call 610-957-6111 for cancellation information.