About Us

Welcome to UC Santa Cruz Adventure Rec!

Our mission is to provide the UCSC community with outdoor, recreational and hands-on learning experiences that enhance social belonging, student leadership, personal confidence and one's sense of adventure. Adventure Rec programs are united by common threads of openness and acceptance, adventure and discovery, challenge and accomplishment, and gratitude and joy.

Each year, thousands of UCSC students participate in Adventure Rec programs. Adventure Rec's vision to enhance student leadership development is most evident among the 80+ student staff and volunteers that lead adventure trips and Wilderness Orientation, guide kayak tours, instruct surf classes, and provide equipment rentals and operational support. Additionally, thousands of community members engage in specific programs such as wilderness medicine, CPR and first aid courses, as well as attend the annual local screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.

Adventure Rec's diverse array of trips, classes and services, both on- and off-campus, are suitable for students eager to try out new activities while discovering new places with new friends. All activities are highly experiential. Be prepared to be active and involved. We look forward to seeing you around the Rec!