ONLY bicycles, watercrafts, one-man tents, and hammocks are available

The UCA Varsity Track and Nature Reserve trails are still open for use

COPA is located at the back of the HPER Center, next to the racquetball courts.  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 COPA and get to know the great outdoors!

What is Copa?

Campus Outdoor Pursuits & Activities (COPA) is part of the Campus Recreation Department, located in the HPER Center.  The COPA program will offer gear to check-out such as tents, backpacks, kayaks, mountain bikes, and canoes. COPA will also offer trips, activities, clinics, and seminars related to outdoor activities. COPA will also serve as a resource on information on where to camp, hike, and enjoy the outdoors in Arkansas.

Who is eligible to use COPA 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 COPA staff assist with transporting/loading equipment?

The COPA 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 COPA?

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

How do I get in touch with COPA?

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

COPA 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 COPA, if it is in the COPA inventory. At the pre-trip meeting, an itinerary and gear checklists will be given to each attendee. Leaders will discuss what to expect, what COPA will provide, and what is recommended. No trips will require participants to purchase gear to attend.