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Water – its history on campus, current best practices and its future – is the topic of the next Priceless Gem campus tour on Friday (Nov. 9).

The “Meeting of the Waters” tour will start at 3 p.m. and last about 90 minutes. The tour is an introduction to Carolina’s two-year campus-wide theme, Water in our World.

“The tour is an effort to truly engage all of the senses in an exploration of water as our most basic resource, not only in our own home and in our community, but truly around the globe,” says Missy Julian-Fox, director of the UNC Visitor’s Center.

The tour will start at the Visitor’s Center, located at the West entrance to Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Visitors will travel across campus and learn about historical aspects of water at Carolina and stop at Central Park, the grassy area near the Genome Sciences Building, to hear about current best practices in conservation.

The tour will also include a visit to the wave tank in Chapman Hall for a discussion about water research and conclude at the rooftop garden of the FedEx Global Education Center with a discussion about water from a global perspective.

The tour will, of course, include a stop at the Old Well.

“Our most treasured symbol on this campus is the Old Well,” says Julian-Fox. “Chapel Hill was chosen for the site of the University because there was so much flowing water.”

Julian-Fox says the tour will be engaging for people of all backgrounds.

“You don’t have to be a scientist. You don’t have to be a researcher,” she says. “We really feel that the tour will excite your interest in this theme and create more partnerships amongst the greater community. And, certainly, we cordially invite everyone to join in all the many, many upcoming events across campus in support of the theme of Water in our World.”

Read more about the Priceless Gem tour series.
Read more about UNC’s Water in our World campus theme.

Published November 6, 2012.