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UCLA Recreation

Outdoor Adventures offers a variety of experiential-learning opportunities through our Bike Shop, Challenge Course, Outdoor Trips, Rental Center, and Rock Wall. Our programming is designed to nurture and encourage a life-long love of outdoor pursuits along with a deep appreciation of risk management, environmental stewardship, as well as social and cultural inclusivity.

Due to state and city mandates regarding COVID-19, Outdoor Adventures' in-person offerings are not available until further notice.In the meantime, we welcome you to delve into our remote offerings which include Virtual Teambuilding, Ask an outdoor guide, Ask a bike mechanic, Ask a gear expert.

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Virtual Teambuilding

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Want to freshen up your team’s virtual meetings?
Looking to start your team’s new quarter or year on a fun, collaborative note?
Incorporating new team members or restarting a group after a break?

Bring our Facilitators in to your virtual meeting for an engaging, customized team or community-building program! Facilitated via Zoom, these 90-minute programs are designed to connect groups, build camaraderie, and cultivate a positive team culture. Each program is customized to your group with virtual activities that involve break out rooms, weblinks, creative selection of objects in your space, and some basic home supplies.

CHOOSE FROM:

  • Community-building kick off | Get to know each other better and bond over some creative and invitingly-silly activities designed to bring your group members out of their shells and set the foundations for a positive sense of community. Ideal for newly-formed or newly-returning groups, as well as groups incorporating new team members.
  • Leadership | An interactive workshop on what it means to be a leader, the qualities that good leaders exhibit and how to develop a “team of leaders.”
  • Goal Setting | Why, how and when to set effective goals to accelerate performance.
  • Team Values for Defining Success | Explore how your team can maximize their potential through an exercise on team values.

What to Expect in a Virtual Teambuilding Program

RATES:
- Up to 25 participants, $175
We can accommodate groups larger than 25. Please submit a reservation inquiry us for a customized quote.
Discounts offered for UCLA students, faculty/staff, and departments.

What do you get out of a virtual teambuilding program? Here's what recent participants had to say:
"I felt closer to my team members; felt refreshed on core team values; felt like I learned more about leadership styles and how unique our team is."
"Better sense of community."
"I got to bond even more with my coworkers."
"It was very engaging and I never felt bored!"
"I think it was a great way to bring us closer as a team and help us to work more cohesively moving forward."
"Great way to connect and grow as a team! The games are wonderful tools."

Contact us: Virtualteams@recreation.ucla.edu

Free Workshops

Each fall, winter, and spring, we offer free workshops on outdoor skills. We teach these workshops in the Outdoor-Adventures Office or the Bike Shop. Both of these venues are located in the northwestern corner of the John-Wooden Center. You may register for workshops in our online store. Closed toed/heeled shoes are required at all workshops.

Workshop Date/Time Location
Adult Learn-to-Ride (on-bike instruction) January 15, 2020, 4-5pm Bike Shop
Treating Water in the Backcountry January 21, 2020, 1-2pm OA Office
Bike -- Drivetrain Maintenance January 21, 2020, 3:30-4:30pm Bike Shop
Bike -- Brakes January 23, 2020, 12-1pm Bike Shop
Track Standing (on-bike instruction) January 23, 2020, 4-5pm Bike Shop
Sewing: Basic Repairs on Outdoor Gear January 29, 2020, 2-3:30pm OA Office
Cooking with a Dutch Oven February 3, 2020, 3:30-5pm Bike Shop
Reading a Topographical Map February 18, 2020, 1-2pm OA Office

Rental Center

Due to state and city mandates regarding COVID-19, the Rental Center is closed until further notice.In the meantime, we welcome you to send us your questions about outdoor gear or outdoor trips using this form:Ask an outdoor expert!

At the Rental Center, we have a variety of outdoor equipment available for Members of UCLA Recreation to rent. To rent or reserve gear, payment is required and payments are only accepted in person.

Location: Northwestern corner of Wooden Center

2131 John Wooden Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095
310.206.7219
rentalcenter@recreation.ucla.edu

Frequently-Asked Questions

Q: How may I rent gear?

A: You must visit the Rental Center in person to rent gear. Upon arrival, we check whether the gear you’d like to rent is available. If it is, we work with you to complete the rental paperwork. Then, you pay the rental fees at Sales and Cashiering and return with the receipt.

Q: Where are payments made and what types of payment are accepted?

A: Payments are made in person at Sales and Cashiering in the John-Wooden Center. Many forms of payment are accepted, including cash, credit, check, and Bruin Card: Easy Pay.

Q: May I call in advance to check whether gear is available for my desired dates?

A: Yes, you may call in advance to check whether the gear you would like to rent is available for your desired dates. However, the gear is not reserved for you until you visit the Rental Center in person, complete the rental paperwork, and pay the rental fees.

Q: May I reserve gear in advance?

A: Yes, you may reserve gear for the current quarter in advance. For example, it is possible to reserve gear for the Friday of Week 9 on the Monday of Week 1. It is not possible to reserve gear for a subsequent quarter.

Q: Who is eligible to rent gear?

A: Members of UCLA Recreation are eligible to rent gear.

Q: I am a student at UCLA. Am I eligible to rent gear?

A: Probably, but it depends on your individual situation. Most of the full-time students at UCLA have memberships to UCLA Recreation included in their tuition and fees.

Q: I work at UCLA, but I don’t have a membership to UCLA Recreation. Am I eligible to rent gear?

A: No, but you are welcome to purchase a membership to UCLA Recreation in order to be eligible to rent gear.

Q: I am a student at UCLA Extension, but I don’t have a membership to UCLA Recreation. Am I eligible to rent gear?

A: No, but you are welcome to purchase a membership to UCLA Recreation in order to be eligible to rent gear.

Q: I graduated from UCLA recently, but I don’t have a UCLA-Recreation membership anymore. Am I eligible to rent gear?

A: No, but you are welcome to purchase a membership to UCLA Recreation in order to be eligible to rent gear.

Q: How long may I keep gear that I rent for the 1–4-day price?

A: The rental period begins one day after the equipment is retrieved. For example, if you retrieve your rented gear on a Thursday, it is due back to the Rental Center on the following Monday before 5 pm. Alternatively, if you retrieve the rented gear on a Friday, it is due back to the Rental Center on the following Tuesday before 5 pm.

Q: How long may I keep gear that I rent for the 5-8-day price?

A: The rental period begins one day after the equipment is retrieved. For example, if a you retrieve your rented gear on a Thursday, it due back to the Rental Center the following Friday before 5 pm.

Q: Do you charge a deposit for rented gear?

A: No, we do not charge a deposit for rented gear. However, we do charge replacement fees for gear that is lost or damaged during the rental period. We inform you of these fees—which are also listed on our price sheet—during the reservation process, to be sure you are aware of them prior to committing to the rental.

Q: May someone else retrieve the gear I rented for me?

A: If you would like someone else to retrieve the gear you rented, you must inform us of this person’s name in advance. We make note of the person’s name on the rental document, so a record of the request is available when gear is retrieved.

Q: May someone else return the gear I rented for me?

A: Yes, someone else may return the gear you rented for you. Any issues with the return, such as late, damage, or replacement fees, are handled with you (i.e., the customer who paid for the rental).

Q: If I decide that I do not need my gear, may I receive a refund?

A: While we do not offer full refunds for rentals, you may obtain a 90% refund when a request is made to us by noon at least five business-days prior to the day that equipment is scheduled to be retrieved.

Q: If I do not return my gear on-time, what happens?

A: A late fee of $5 per business-day is assessed for gear not returned by the scheduled due date.

Q: If I lose or break an item that I rented, what happens?

A: A fee is charged for the replacement or repair. Fees are settled by retrieving an invoice in person from us at the Rental Center and paying them at Sales and Cashiering in the John-Wooden Center.

Q: What is a break rental?

A: Because the Rental Center is closed during Finals Week and Break Weeks each quarter, break rentals are offered to enable our customers to rent gear during the last week of classes and keep it until the next quarter begins.

Rock Wall

At the Rock Wall, located on the first floor of the Wooden Center, members of UCLA Recreation are invited to boulder during our Open-Recreation Hours. We also teach classes during the fall, winter, and spring; our current offerings are listed in UCLA Recreation's online store.

Bouldering is a type of climbing that is done close to the ground without ropes. People at all levels of experience are invited to climb at the Rock Wall. Climbing shoes may be rented for a small fee and they are available free of charge on one's first visit to the wall. In addition, we host a friendly bouldering competition called the Dangling Bruin annually.

Please feel free to email us at challenge@recreation.ucla.edu with any questions.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Course

This course is hosted by UCLA Recreation while registration, content, instruction, and certification are provided by NOLS. We invite you to follow the below links for more information and/or to register.

For more information about the course, please follow this link:

https://www.nols.edu/en/coursefinder/courses/wilderness-first-responder-WFR/

Wilderness First Responder (WFR): March 21 - March 30, 2020

To register for the course, please follow this link:

https://www.nols.edu/portal/wmi/courses/15694/