Tohi Garden
Tohi Garden

One of my favorite programs I lead here at the CAT is a New Faculty Learning Community. The group meets throughout the year, but at the beginning of our time together, they develop a list of support and resources they would like to explore. This year’s cohort suggested learning about some of the more nontraditional learning spaces on campus, which sent me on a hunt through DeaconSpace and various parts of the WFU website. We took ourselves on a walking tour last fall which we all really enjoyed. 

I thought now that we’re moving into Spring, this would be a great resource to share with the larger campus community. So feel free to follow along as we explore the various learning spaces you might consider utilizing for your classes. 

*It should also be noted that most of these spaces are intended for one-time use (unless you make other arrangements with the appropriate space manager).

The WakerSpace

Have you checked out the WakerSpace yet? If not, you should! Some of the tools and equipment in the space include: 3D printers, vinyl cutter and t-shirt press, podcast room, laser cutting, woodworking tools, sewing, paints, electronics and more. Paul Whitener and his crew are doing some really interesting things with classes and he’s always open to a conversation about how to incorporate the WakerSpace into your class. Contact him at At the very least, subscribe to their newsletter to stay up to date with them.

Wakerspace "Little Green Dress" demo
Chemistry professor Dr. King is showing FYS students the proper way to sew on a button as part of their FYS titled “Little Green Dress”. This FYS discusses sustainability in the fabric industry and how students can use and reuse clothing and fabrics in a more sustainable way (from Instagram)

The Outdoor Classroom

The Outdoor Classroom was a collaborative project between Campus Life, the ZSR Student Ambassadors, staff and faculty in the Library, and Student Government. It sits behind ZSR just off the sidewalk bordering Gulley Drive. The stone benches are meditation stones from the Reynolda Village trails. This space is meant to be used by any professor wishing to take their class outside on a beautiful day. There are no reservations for this space, it’s on a first-come, first-served basis.

Outdoor classroom
The Outdoor Classroom behind ZSR Library

Tohi Garden

Some refer to the Tohi Garden as one of Wake Forest’s best kept secrets. Tohi means wellness, unstressed, or peaceful in Cherokee. We were enchanted when we entered this space on our tour. The garden sits behind Angelou Residence Hall and was initially created as a stormwater management system. It’s a lovely, contemplative space maintained by Sustainability. Take a virtual tour here.

Time in the Tohi Garden can be reserved on DeaconSpace. An additional 12 chairs are available upon request (28 total seating). Please note, wifi is not available in this space.

Tohi Garden
The Tohi Garden

Campus and Three Sisters Gardens

Sustainability also offers opportunities for class time in the Campus or Three Sisters Gardens. To learn more about the Gardens, visit this page. If you are interested in thinking about how you might incorporate the Gardens into your class, visit Sustainability’s Engaged Learning page for a sample of faculty projects as well as a full list of all Engaged Learning opportunities. Contact Nathan Peifer at (we ran into him tending to the Tohi Garden on our tour!) with your questions and interest.

Campus Garden
Members of the Wake Forest community celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day at the Three Sisters Garden, on the campus of Wake Forest University on Monday, October 10, 2022. Attendees work in the garden, sowing seeds, mulching, and planting elderberry saplings.

Manchester Plaza Fire Pits 

Did you know you can reserve the fire pits on Manchester Quad? The Tribble Courtyard Firepit (Magnolia Firepit in DeaconSpace) is popular and large enough for very small classes (~10). Reserve fire pits in DeaconSpace by requesting by 4pm at least 3 business days in advance. For more information, visit this page

Manchester Plaza Fire Pits
Wake Forest students attend their calculus class with professor Mostafa Rezapour outside on Manchester Plaza at the fire pits on Friday, March 12, 2021.

ZSR Library Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections & Archives at ZSR Library contains manuscripts, rare books, NC Baptist historical collection, and University archives. Types of materials in these collections include writings, correspondence, photographs, architectural drawings, audio-visual materials, and computer files. For more specifics on the types of resources in the collection, or to schedule a visit for you or your class, go to this page.

ZSR Library Special Collections
Economics major Justin Cabiltes (’22) checks items in the special collections and archives room in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library on Monday, March 2, 2020.

Timothy S. Y. Lam Museum of Anthropology

The Timothy S. Y. Lam Museum of Anthropology is the only North Carolina museum dedicated to the study of global cultures. The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10-4:30, but special arrangements can be made for groups and events. The Lam Museum presents a variety of ways to integrate its collections with your courses. For more information, visit this page or contact Andrew Gurstelle at

Anthropology Museum
Andrew Gurstelle, director of the Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology, talks about artifacts from the Tong Dynasty in history professor Dan Du’s Chinese History class on Thursday, February 8, 2018. The artifacts were donated by a Wake Forest alumnus.

University Art Collections

Discover how the Collection serves as a dynamic teaching and learning resource for our students, faculty and community. University Collections will collaborate with you on developing a tour to take your students all over campus looking, thinking, and being with our art. It can be tailored to the students’ and/or faculty interests and can also include a visit to Hanes Gallery, the University’s Print Collection housed in Scales Fine Center, and/or the student run gallery, stArt Gallery in Reynolda Village

Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery

Hanes Gallery is located in Scales Fine Art Center and is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. View the Events Calendar here.

Hanes Art Gallery
Wake Forest art professor Leigh Ann Hallberg brings her class to the Hanes Art Gallery to make collages, on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

Reynolda House & Gardens

WFU Faculty, Staff, and Students get free admission to Reynolda House with a valid ID. If you’re interested in connecting with museum staff for a guided tour or to discuss curriculum connections you would like to make with the museum, submit a request here (they ask for a four week lead time). 

The Reynolda Gardens Education Wing is also available to reserve for classes, with 5 business days lead time, by submitting this form.

Reynolda House
The Wake Forest Reynolda House Museum of American Art holds an open house for the class of 2014 on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Student docents lead small groups through the still life exhibit in the main hall. The students were asked to comment on the work and choose their favorites.


Zick’s Underground (the lower level of Zick’s restaurant off of Hearn Plaza in the Poteat Residence Hall) is another unique space available on campus. It accommodates, small social gatherings, retreats and meetings during the academic year. In addition to a large screen TV with multimedia and seating, the space also contains air hockey and foosball tables.

Reserve time at Zick’s in DeaconSpace with at least 3 business days lead time (be sure to review this page for applicable policies).

Global Studies hosts trivia in Zick’s for First year students on Thursday, August 19, 2021.

Wake Downtown Student Commons

If you’re meeting at Wake Downtown and are looking for a space, the Student Commons area is available to reserve on Deaconspace. It’s a nice space with mixed purpose seating.

Wake Downtown
Wake Downtown Student Commons

I hope this quick campus “tour” got you thinking about ways you might extend your classroom space. There really are a lot of great opportunities for creativity on our campus!


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