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ARC Reservations Open June 29

June 24, 2020
Update 7/13/20: Please note that due to a state mandate, the ARC is closed until further notice. 

As Campus Recreation reopens the Activities & Recreation Center (ARC), it is important to note that there are new procedures and initial restrictions in place beginning June 29, 2020. Please see below for more information.

New Protocols and Facility Changes

General Hours of Operation*:

Desk Stretches for Home or Office

May 22, 2020

Whether you're studying or working at home, staying in one position while doing repetitive motions is typical during periods of prolonged sitting. We should all get out of that rut by scheduling regular breaks to stretch at our desks and study spaces. To help students, faculty and staff stay healthy, flexible and well in our study and work spaces, our partners at the Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) Physical Therapy department developed the stretches below that you can work into your own daily study and work routine.

Adventure Training with Talia - XC Skiing

May 18, 2020

Curious about the OA trips we have to offer but are not sure what to expect? Adventure Training with Talia shows you a new OA trip every other week to teach you all about them. This week Talia will be showing us the OA cross country skiing trips. 

The trip takes you to Castle Peak trailhead to XC ski for a few hours before ending the trip with a scenic lunch break. For this trip you will be provided with XC skis, ski boots, and pools.

Talia will also show you what workouts are best for the up and downhill skiing on the trip. 

Campfire Songs with Jake - "Ain’t No Sunshine"

May 18, 2020

A new campfire song comes out Friday, May 22! Each week Jake plays a new song for us, as well as teaches us guitar techniques to learn ourselves. Today Jake is explaining how to fingerpick on the guitar. He shows us his favorite basic technique that is easy to learn for all levels. All you need is a guitar to play along. If you don’t have a guitar then just enjoy Jake singing “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers. It’s worth a listen! 

Student Spotlight: Jaritza Granillo | Equestrian Center

May 14, 2020

Meet Jaritza Granillo, an animal science major who works and lives at the Equestrian Center on campus as the head barn supervisor. Jaritza transferred to UC Davis from Mt. San Antonio College and is interested in livestock and equine medicine. She started as a stall cleaner during her first quarter at UC Davis and worked closely with animal technicians Cleto and Fernando, who taught her many things including how to drive a tractor.

Campus Rec Hero | Tanee Chum, ‘16

May 07, 2020

Meet Ratanee “Tanee” Chum, one of our Campus Rec Heroes. Throughout spring quarter, we'll be featuring Aggie graduates who are now working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

Tanee graduated from UC Davis in 2016 with a degree in anthropology/archaeology and was the coxswain on the club men’s crew team. Currently, Tanee is working as an EMT at the Sleep Train Arena Alternative Care Facility.

Reflecting on her time with the men’s rowing team, Tanee says:

Car Camping and Cooking

May 07, 2020

By Rachel Hallmark

Campsite cooking can seem intimidating especially if you do not have much experience camping. However, camping should be fun and cooking while camping shouldn’t be too stressful...it’s just like cooking normally, but outside! Here’s some tips to help make cooking while car camping a little bit less intimidating.

Know how you’re going to be cooking

5 Tips for Purchasing Your First Road Bike

May 05, 2020

By Sophia Vanderheym | April 23, 2020

With spring in full bloom and oh so many places yet to explore, now seems like the opportune moment to try something new! For me, it’s road biking and I hope it is for you too! Biking may seem like a daunting sport to delve into, but below are tips to help make the process of purchasing one’s first bike easier.

How To: Find Good Car Camping Spots 

May 05, 2020

How To Find Good Car Camping Spots 

By Rachel Hallmark / April 29, 2020

Are you anxious to camp in the great outdoors, but aren’t quite ready to strap on a backpack to carry all your gear into the backcountry? Or maybe you still want some amenities like a barbeque pit and an outhouse? Well luckily, there are many opportunities to camp outdoors while still being able to drive your car to a campsite. Here are some tips to help you find great car camping spots! 

Talk to Rangers!

A Beginner's Guide to Thru-Hiking: Part I

May 05, 2020

A Beginner's Guide to Thru-Hiking: Part I

By Colleen McVay / April, 2020

What is Thru or Section-Hiking?

Thru-hiking describes the act of backpacking end-to-end of a long distance trail, such as the Pacific Crest or Appalachian Trail. These treks require extensive preparation, training, and knowledge in the backpacking field, as well as an appreciation for the natural wonders that come with them. 

Campus Rec Hero | Dr. Chris Evans ‘09

May 01, 2020

Meet Dr. Chris Evans, one of our Campus Rec Heroes. Throughout spring quarter, we'll be featuring Aggie graduates who are now working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

Chris graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Biosciences and worked for Campus Recreation as an Intramural Sports soccer referee and Intramural Sports supervisor and manager. He also coached the UC Davis men’s club soccer team from 2009-2010. After graduating from UC Davis, he attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences from 2012–2016.

Cycling / 5 Tips for Purchasing Your First Road Bike

April 29, 2020

By Sophia Vanderheym

Outdoor Adventures' staff is committed to providing students and community members with content that teaches new skills, provides fun ways to get outside, and that keeps everyone laughing throughout this special circumstance.

Biking is a great way to experience the great outdoors, right outside of your home. 

Birding With Jake / Mallards

April 29, 2020

Outdoor Adventures' staff is committed to providing students and community members with content that teaches new skills, provides fun ways to get outside, and that keeps everyone laughing throughout this special circumstance.

Campus Rec Hero | Dr. Lara Musser, ‘08

April 23, 2020

Meet Dr. Lara Musser, the first of our Campus Rec Heroes. Throughout spring quarter, we'll be featuring Aggie graduates who are now working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

A 2008 graduate of UC Davis with a bachelor's in genetics, Lara joined Campus Recreation as a volleyball official before being promoted to supervisor and customer service coordinator. “Intramural sports at UC Davis provided some of the most amazing experiences both personally and professionally and I have nothing but fond memories of my time there,” Lara says.