North Fields Activity Center

Opened in 1995, the North Fields Activity Center, otherwise known as “The Bubble” covers 72,000 square feet and rises to a height of seven stories. It is home to a complete cardio/strength training area, a free weight area, two full tennis courts, a multi-purpose area, two full basketball/volleyball courts, a 50 yard turf field and a two-lane track. The facility is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members and groups. The building is also the hub for the campus recreation programming which includes Adventure Recreation, Intramural Sports, and Fitness and Wellness.


Adventure Recreation Lounge

The Adventure Rec Lounge

Built by Franklin Pierce students in the 1970s, this rustic building was first designed as a warming hut for students enjoyingskiing and snow tubing. The upper level is comfortably furnished andequipped with a woodstove, high speed internet, cable TV and DVD/VCR. Downstairs houses a bouldering (rock climbing) cave. Students are welcome any time to study, socialize, hold meetings or just relax. Staff is available to assist with bouldering and cave orientation, answer questions and stoke the woodstove on cold evenings. Climbing shoes, chalk bags, cards, board games, puzzles, movies, and magazines are available at no charge.Snow tubes are available to use on the lighted snow-tubing hill.


Lakeside Educational Center

Boathouse at the Lakeside Educational Center

Situated directly on the waterfront, the Boathouse emphasizes the use of Pearly Pond for recreational activities. During the academic year, it is used by the Adventure Recreation program to instruct and supervise the kayaking, canoeing and sailing programs. The campus Intramural program also runs activities such as inner-tube water polo, kayak polo and oozeball. A swim area is open from Memorial Day until Labor Day and is supervised by lifeguards from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.


Trails on campus  


The campus has an impressive series of trails designed for year-round use. They are ideal for mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trail running and nature walking. A diverse animal population roams the woods where these trails lie. One can see white-tailed deer, hawks, owls, foxes, eagles, moose, raccoons, porcupines and sometimes bears. Countless species of trees, shrubs and other plants line the trail. Routes are well marked and all start and finish at the same location, with side paths available to extend your outdoor exploration. Download a Trail maps brochure.





Overlooking the interior of the North Fields Activity Center, the Clubhouse offers the campus community a unique meeting area for various activities. It can be set up as a conference room, a dance studio, game room or casual meeting room. Amenities include a kitchenette and restroom facilities. The room is available to rent for banquets, parties and other large social gatherings.



Intramural fields  

Intramural Fields

The intramural fields, located on the academic mall, were constructed as open green space for students to enjoy informal recreational activities and structured intramural sports. These lighted fields allow for evening participation in softball, flag football, ultimate Frisbee and many other campus-wide, recreational special events.