PNC Welcomes Public to Picnic and Enjoy the Campus

By: Purdue University Northwest Last Updated: July 14, 2015

purdue-north-centralThe Purdue University North Central 269-acre campus is open to the public to enjoy and visitors are welcome to come by to picnic, take a walking tour of the campus sculpture and hike the many walking paths.

Families, individuals, clubs or school groups who want to relax with a picnic on campus may bring their own food and refreshments. A picnic shelter is available near the pond on the north side of the campus. Picnickers there may enjoy watching the sculpture, Odysseus, as it floats effortlessly on the water.

While on campus, visitors may take a walking tour of the more than 30 sculptures included in the Odyssey Arts and Sculpture Series. A map and more information about the sculpture series may be found at http://www.pnc.edu/odyssey/. Guided tours are available for both adult and children’s groups. Arrangements can be made by contacting Liz Bernel, PNC coordinator of Special Events and Marketing at 219-785-5719 or ebernel@pnc.edu.

The PNC campus is easily accessible to visitors traveling from LaPorte and Michigan City thanks to the Transit Triangle commuter bus service. Two buses operate weekdays on fixed routes between LaPorte and PNC, Michigan City and PNC and Michigan City and LaPorte. Each route offers three morning runs and three afternoon runs between 6 a.m. and 5:57 p.m. The schedule and fare information can be found on the Transit Triangle website, www.TransitTriangle.com

PNC visitors are invited to view a number of indoor exhibits in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building and the Technology Building. Art of local artist Jason Poteet graces the walls of the Cybercafe, , which also houses a remnant of the World Trade Center. Paintings and sculpture of George Sugarman, may be viewed in the Library, located on the building’s third floor. Other dynamic and dramatic art is located in the cafeteria and on walls throughout the building. Information may also be found at http://www.pnc.edu/odyssey/.

Picnic tables are available throughout the campus quad area. A variety of food and beverage items are available for purchase from the PNC cafeteria located in the Library-Student-Faculty Building. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pizza is served on Wednesdays. Picnickers and guests are asked to please clean up after themselves. Trash containers are conveniently located. More information about picnicking on campus can be found at www.pnc.edu/picnic.

Building hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The entire PNC campus is handicap accessible. Visitors are reminded that alcohol is prohibited and that PNC is a tobacco-free campus.

A map and directions to PNC may be found at http://www.pnc.edu/maps.