Gazebo, Courtyard & Indigenous Learning Garden

The Gazebo, Courtyard and Indigenous Learning Garden are located in the center of Main Campus.

What’s In This Area?

Gazebo

This space is used for:

  • Pep fests
  • Club fairs & tablings
  • Other campus events

Courtyard

This space is used for:

  • Doing homework
  • Hammocking
  • Socializing

Indigenous Learning Garden

This space is used for:

  • Acknowledging and respecting the culture, traditions, and history of Indigenous peoples
  • Outdoor classrooms
  • Relaxing

No matter where you are on campus, indoors or out, you’re always connected to our WiFi.

This means that you can do what you need to do wherever you want to be without sacrificing good service.

Gazebo

The Gazebo feels like the heart of Winona State because it’s a great spot to meet up with your friends. Or promote or support a student organization. Or even take part in an event. From club fairs and pep rallies to research projects and performances.

The Gazebo looks great in every season. During the winter, this space gets dressed up in twinkle lights, making it a go-to for selfies and group photos.

WSU Letters

Within a few steps of the Gazebo is another Instagrammable venue: “WSU” block letters that an alum donated!

Courtyard

The Courtyard features lots of green space perfect for lounging and studying. So, why not do both?

The Courtyard is also surrounded with plants and trees native to Minnesota. These plants and trees are marked with a QR code to provide more info to curious visitors.

Fun Fact

Winona State received the Tree Campus USA award, which honors colleges and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

Indigenous Learning Garden

The Indigenous Learning Garden is part of our on-campus Arboretum that allows students to acknowledge and respect the culture, traditions, and history of the Indigenous peoples.

We want students to further extend their learning within the classroom to the whole environment surrounding us.

This garden of diverse flora demonstrates our commitment to building relationships with the sovereign nations and peoples of the Dakota. After all, the Dakota’s ancestral land is the site of the University.

Fun Fact

The first word in our name, Winona, is from the Dakota and translates as “first-born daughter ” in English.