Campus Outdoors

Campus Outdoors is program within the Department of  Campus Recreation, located in the HPER Center.  Outdoor equipment can be found at the Gear Locker, at back of the HPER Center, next to the racquetball courts.

The COPA program will offer gear to check-out such as tents, backpacks, kayaks, mountain bikes, and canoes. Campus Outdoors will also offer trips, activities, clinics, and seminars related to outdoor activities.Campus Outdoors will also serve as a resource on information on where to camp, hike, and enjoy the outdoors in Arkansas.  The UCA community can rent out camping gear, bikes and register for upcoming courses that will make you better prepared for your next outdoor adventure! Experience Campus Outdoors and get to know the great outdoors!

Fall Semester Hours
Monday and Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday and Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Holiday Hours
All equipment due Monday 11/16
*November 17 – November 20: CLOSED
*Only accepting late equipment turn in Monday, November 23 – Friday, December 11
Thanksgiving Closure
Thursday, November 26 – Sunday, November 29

Who is eligible to use Campus Outdoors equipment?

Current UCA students, UCA employees, and eligible UCA affiliates with a HPER Center membership. You must have your current UCA I.D. to check-out equipment. There is no charge to check-out equipment.

Will Campus Outdoors staff assist with transporting/loading equipment?

The Campus Outdoors staff will not transport or load any equipment into or on a personally owned vehicle but will offer portage equipment and instruction on the proper installation procedure.

How long can I check-out the equipment? How about bicycles?

Equipment can be checked-out for 4 days. During school recognized holidays and breaks, the days of equipment use will be extended beyond 4 days. Refer to campus emails for COPA Advertisements. Cruiser bikes can be checked-out for 2 weeks.

Can we take equipment out-of-state?

Yes, but it is important that the equipment checked-out is brought back in the condition it left.

Can I have my bicycle repaired at Campus Outdoors?

Yes, but we do not supply the parts to repair your personal bicycle.  There is no charge for labor.  Expect 3-5 days for the repair.  Beyond basic tune-up, we also offer: 1) change a flat tire; 2) change chain; 3) cable adjustments; 4) brake pad alignment; 5) brake pad replacement; and 6) true wheels.

Does Campus Outdoors clean equipment or do I have to clean it either at check-out or at return?

User is expected to return the equipment cleaned.  If not cleaned, user privileges could be revoked from Campus Recreation.

Where can I find information regarding upcoming trips, classes, or activities?

We will have information on the Campus Recreation website and in the Campus Outdoors area.  We will also have updates on OrgSync, Facebook, and Twitter.

What do I do if my checked-out equipment is damaged or lost?

Notify Campus Outdoors of the situation. Campus Outdoors will have a replace and/or repair cost list.  That cost must be paid before future access to the HPER and Campus Outdoors will be allowed.

How do I get in touch with Campus Outdoors?

Contact Campus Outdoors at 501-852-1040, which is manned during the hours of operation. Campus Outdoors is open Monday-Friday (12pm-6pm) and Sunday (3pm-6pm) during the Fall and Spring semester but will advertise Winter Break and Summer hours.

Campus Outdoors Recreation Trips

What are Recreation Trips? They are “guided outdoor expeditions” that provide the opportunity to explore natural environments and participate in various outdoor recreation sports such as hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and rock climbing. Trips are designed to be physically active in an outdoor recreation event, experience various ecosystems, and interact with diverse participants. Trips are open to all students, faculty, and staff. They also vary in difficulty and scale. They are offered each semester and occur over weekends, even spanning multiple days throughout university holidays and breaks.

Do I need any prior experience?

You do not have to have any experience or skill to participate. All trips are designed for the beginner. However, if you are a seasoned recreational, you will still have the opportunity to challenge yourself or develop your skills.

How do I reserve my spot?

Space is usually limited to 11 participants depending on the sport/trip. To ensure that you save your spot you must contact Rob Stine ( and complete your registration to reserve your spot.

Completing your registration entails:

-Paying the nominal “trip fee”

-Completing and signing waiver/informed consent forms

-Obtaining a trip itinerary and gear checklist

Why is there a fee?

Trips are not internally funded through university tuition or fees. Each trip has a nominal fee that covers the expenses of the trip. When you pay the fee, you are essentially paying your way. Do not be discouraged. Due to collegiate discounts and sometimes partnerships, trip rates are modestly priced and the price to attend a trip is either at the same cost or much cheaper than going on your own.

When do I have to register?

Registration typically cuts off one to two weeks before a trip starts. The cutoff date is usually the same day as the pre-trip meeting. Each trip will be advertised stating (sign up before ____ to reserve your spot).

 Why is there a pre-trip meeting and is it mandatory?

Pre-trip meetings occur so that trip leader and trip participants can discuss the details of the trip (food, itinerary, gear checklists, do’s and don’ts, weather, wildlife, briefing of the journey, skills practice, etc.). Pre-trip meetings are mandatory. If there is a scheduling conflict or you cannot attend the pre-trip meeting, you must reschedule a meeting with the trip leaders. To reschedule, contact Rob Stine (

 Who can go?

All UCA students, faculty, and staff are given priority during registration. If you wish to bring a family member or friend that is 18 years or older, this must be approved by Rob Stine. If physical ability is in question please feel free to contact Rob Stine ( Accommodations may be available. It is important to remember that a large portion of the challenges commonly presented on these trips have little to do with physical ability or exertion.

 Are we camping?

Clinics, Sessions, and any one-day Trips do not require camping. It will be annotated whether or not camping is part of the trip. All camping equipment and assistance will be provided.

What do I need to bring?

Each trip is different and requires different equipment. All needed or required equipment will be provided by Campus Outdoors, if it is in the Campus Outdoors inventory. At the pre-trip meeting, an itinerary and gear checklists will be given to each attendee. Leaders will discuss what to expect, what Campus Outdoors will provide, and what is recommended. No trips will require participants to purchase gear to attend.