Runner social distancing in the Arboretum
A lone runner enjoying the UC Davis Arboretum path.

To support the students and staff at UC Davis during suspended operations, Campus Recreation has put together this list of links that cover topics like how to work from home, at-home workouts, managing your free time and more.

Although we aren't able to offer in-person programming at our facilities at this time, we will continue to support you by providing wellness resources. The following list provides online resources for each of Campus Recreation's program areas to help keep you active until our facilities reopen and programs resume. Tell us how you’re staying active by joining the conversation on Facebook and Instagram!

Note: The following resources are suggestions from Campus Recreation staff and are not officially endorsed by UC Davis or its affiliates.

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Gaming and Esports

In partnership with the Games Area/Gunrock Gaming and Campus Recreation

  • The Games Area/Gunrock Gaming is happy to announce a series of fun remote social events and gaming programs designed to foster community and aid in mental health initiatives. 
  • Join the Gunrock Gaming Discord channel for the Wednesday night league. Want to get more involved? You can help us decide which games will be featured!
  • Beginning in May, Gunrock Gaming is partnering with Campus Rec to offer several remote Rec Sports leagues featuring a variety of video game titles. Check back soon for more information!

School + Work

How to succeed in online classes

How to work from home

Relationship + Sexual Health

In partnership with Health Education and Promotion staff at Student Health and Counseling Services

Aquatically Active

Just because the Rec Pool is closed, doesn’t mean that swimming is over! There are many ways to stay in touch with the sport.

To start, the Aquatics unit recommends reading the recent US Masters Article, How to Get Through the Loss of Swimming. In this article, experts explain some of the best ways to handle our current situation and focuses on the bigger picture.

If you’re looking for dry-land trainings, a great place to start is the MySwimPro YouTube page. They have been posting daily different dry-land exercises and demonstrating how to do them. Please see the links below to MySwimPro’s website and YouTube channel, along with Swim Like A. Fish dry-land exercises specific to freestyle.  

Not sold on dry-land exercises? Don’t worry, there are many other ways to stay in touch with your swimming community. This is a great time to pick up a book or two! Head to Swimming World Magazine, where they recommend five books every swimmer should read.

If you’re not a book worm, that’s ok too. Why not sit down and watch a swimming-related movie? I’m not talking about Jaws or Deep Blue Sea, but maybe Pride – this 2007 movie was loosely based upon the true story of Philadelphia swim coach James "Jim" Ellis.

Resources

Getting Outside

How to adventure

  • Outdoor Adventures Guide to Local Hikes around Davis, CA
  • National Park Virtual Tours
    • includes Kenji Fjords, Hawaii Volcanoes, Carlsbad Caverns, Bryce Caverns, Dry Tortugas
  • Check out Geocaching! It's a great way to get outside, get moving and work out your brain. 
  • Keep those biking legs strong by checking out one of these local area rides. We recommend the ride from Davis to Winters. The wildflowers are amazing this time of year!
  • Check out this photo scavenger hunt that the Arboretum held a few years back. This is a great way to get to know this amazing resources while having fun and getting your daily exercise. 
  • We may not be able to get out and do all of the exciting adventures that we want to do, but we can get prepared for when we can! Whether you're a mountain biker, a backpacker, a rock climber, or a kayaker there is always a lot you can do to get your gear into shape for your next outing. 

Remember to adventure responsibly. Stick to day outings with just yourself or the people in your household. Maintain good hygiene and social distance.

Relaxation Tips

In partnership with Health Education and Promotion staff at Student Health and Counseling Services

  • Check out this page to learn about helpful tips to manage your stress
  • Try some of these free apps for guided meditations
  • Use interactive tools and self-care exercises for mental health concerns on our Therapy Assistance Online program
    • If this is your first time logging into this program, click “Sign up for self-help with an Institution” and use your UCD email address to set up a free account.”
    • Get started by taking this online screening
  • Explore these UC Davis resources
  • Follow Each Aggie Matters @eachaggiematters on Instagram to stay updated with self-care tips, mental health resources and empowering messages!
  • For questions about how to access mental health resources at UC Davis, contact Each Aggie Matters at eachaggiematters@ucdavis.edu

Creative Activities

How to stay artsy

Exercising + Eating Well at Home

How to exercise

Other resources

How to eat healthy

Join our nutrition interns LIVE on Instagram as they answer nutrition-related questions. Follow us @ucdhealthyaggies and hop on the app at these times:

  • Mondays, 11am–1pm
  • Wednesdays, 10–11am
  • Thursdays, 10–11am

Kids Activities

Parents and Guardians, please help your young person find the right resource by viewing these websites together. 

How to get started

How to build structure at home

  • Khan Academy offers daily schedules and classwork for students from ages 4 to 18.
  • Visual schedules: A set of printables to use to create a schedule for your child. They include graphics for time and activities.
  • A schedule gone viral: This simple schedule posted to Facebook went viral.

This list adapted from kiro7.com

How to engage

  • 123 Homeschool4me: Get printable worksheets and other resources for homeschooling.
  • ABC Mouse Learning App for ages 2-8: Get 2 Months for $5.
  • All Kids Network: Get worksheets, craft ideas, printable dot to dot, hidden pictures and more.
  • Animals are amazing: Learn all about animals from the Switcheroo Zoo.
  • Arcademics: Games are aimed at students K-8.
  • Ascend Math: Ascend Math offers math instruction for K-12 students. The platform will be free until the end of April.
  • Beaverton School District: Math, reading and many other activities for students pre-K–12.
  • Bedtime Math: See math as part of your child’s daily routine.
  • Belouga: Get a free account for K-12 students for resources such as math problems and social science videos.
  • Big History Project: Get free access to a social studies course. It is focused on high school students but works for most of the rest of us.
  • BlocksCAD: Build math and computer science skills by using specialized 3D CAD (computer-aided drafting) software.
  • Classroom cereal: Work on your grammar by learning to proofread short stories.
  • Club Oasis: A free STEM club offers DYI STEM labs, live classes, coding lessons and lives pop-ups.
  • Crash Course: Courses in sociology, computer science, film history and mythology are offered for starters.
  • Desmos: Students can use online tools to visualize math problems, create interactive tutorials and play math games with kids from all over the world.
  • Discovery K-12: Pre-K–12 lessons and activities in these areas: language arts, reading, math, science, history/social studies, performing arts and physical education.
  • Dr. Seuss to the rescue: Who doesn’t want to read and play games with Dr. Seuss?
  • DuckDuckMoose: An app for tablets for preschool to kindergarten students.
  • Duolingo: Learn a new language while you are stuck at home.
  • Edmentum’s Study Island for Home: Parents can access trusted K-12 programs tailored to state standards. Families can receive one year free by using the code: EdmentumSupport2020. Note that registration will require a credit card and you will see what looks like an auto-renewal, but Edmentum will not auto-renew or charge your credit card.
  • EVERFI: Free supplemental lessons for the whole student in areas of Finance, SEL, Health, College/Career Readiness, and related topics.
  • Fun Brain: Activities, games, reading and more are available for grades pre-K–8.
  • Games, videos and math: ABCya offers activities for students grades pre-K–6.
  • Giant list of Ideas for being home with kids: It is a pretty giant list of all kinds of ideas for kids to do from art projects to making ice cream to gardening.
  • Go to the museum, virtually: Get a virtual tour of 12 museums.
  • Going for the record: The folks at Guinness World Records have some ideas for kids who want to be record setters. How many balloons can you burst by sitting in 30 seconds?
  • GoNoodle: GoNoodle has games to get your child moving.
  • Hellokids: Drawing for kids.
  • Highlights Kids!
  • Into the Book: Elementary school students can practice reading comprehension.
  • Into the Map: For the world traveler, a way to create maps and explore the world’s geography.
  • KiwiCo: KiwiCo “helps kids think big and act like creators and producers instead of just consumers” Great activities and DYI science projects.
  • Learnincolor.com
  • Little Twisters Yoga & Emotional Wellness: Don’t forget your child’s emotional health. What about yoga?
  • Lumosity: Free brain games to keep student minds actively engaged. For example, the games use problem solving, critical thinking, and memory to keep students on their toes and strengthen their skills.
  • Mathcelebrity.com: Check your math with Mathcelebrity.com.
  • Minecraft Education Edition: If you like coding, math and problem-solving try Minecraft way.
  • Mystery Science: Video lessons science lessons that will inspire kids to explore our world.
  • NaNoWriMo: If your child is looking to write the Great American Novel, here’s a website for you.
  • NASA Kids Club 
  • National Geographic for Kids: Look for games, videos, lessons and “cool stuff.”
  • New American History: Learn from history materials aimed at grades 4+.
  • No Red Ink: A free resource for online writing and grammar practice. 
  • PBS Kids 
  • PBS KIDS daily newsletter: Sign up for a free daily newsletter from PBS KIDS.
  • PBS LearningMedia: Provides students with free lesson plans, videos, and games aligned with standards they are learning in the classroom.
  • ProjectGutenberg: A free library where kids can download or read online more than 60,000 free eBooks.
  • Readworks.org: Reading comprehension is the goal of Readworks.
  • San Diego Zoo for Kids: Check out other zoo websites, too – many have animal cams!
  • Scholastic Learn at Home: Scholastic Magazine is offering four learning experiences each day.
  • Science Friday: Elementary to high school students can get lessons in physics, chemistry, earth science and biology.
  • Star Fall: Math, reading, art and music is available for students in K-3.
  • Storyline Online: Some of your favorite stories ready by movie stars.
  • TEDEd: Brings lessons to life for students through animation. TEDEd’s goal is to ignite curiosity among learners. To do this, TEDEd collects the best teacher lessons around the world. Then, it turns them into shareable animated videos for students.
  • The Activity Mom: Get the printables kids love to work on.
  • The FAB Lab: Watch STEM videos with Crazy Aunt Lindsey.
  • Toy Theater: A fun website with math, art and reading games.
  • Vizzle: If you have a child on the autism spectrum you can get specialize lessons from Vizzle.
  • Wonderopolois.com: Learn about 2,000-plus wonders of the world.
  • You can draw: Jarrett Lerner is posting activity pages on his website which you can print out and enjoy. Lerner is the author of "EngiNerds and “Revenge of the EngiNerds,” as well as the forthcoming “Geeger the Robot” early chapter book series and the author-illustrator of the “Hunger Heroes” graphic novel series.

This list partially furnished from kiro7.com and schoolchoiceweek.com

Home Training for Competitive Athletes

How to receive athletic training services

Your Athletic Trainer is still available! 

How to practice (without organized practices) 

Making Music

How to arrange

  • The free trial of Finale Music Notation Software has been extended to 60 days. Get started here.
  • Musescore is an open source, free music notation software. Many students already use this, give it a try!

Equestrian Care

How to watch competitions

When you need some “horse” and can’t get to the barn

How to stay informed, build community, and exercise