Frequently Asked Questions

What Trips and Events Are Happening This Quarter?

You can check out our current calendar of events on our main page. Any registered event will be posted under the Registration tab at myarc.uwb.edu. You should also follow our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to learn about fun spontaneous programs we run throughout the quarter!

How Do I Sign Up For An Event?

The easiest way to sign up for an event is to register on-line at myarc.uwb.edu. If you are having trouble accessing the systems of have any questions about our programs, please email outdoor@uw.edu!

What If A Trip Is Full?

If there is a trip that you are interested in, but the registration is full before you are able to sign up please email outdoor@uw.edu. In your email, please indicate which trip you are interested in and you will be put on a wait list. If a spot opens up on the trip, we will open registration to all members on the wait list on a first-come first-served basis.

Who Can Sign Up For Trips & Events?

Right now only currently enrolled University of Washington Bothell students are allowed to sign up for our trips unless otherwise indicated in the registration information. Cascadia students interested in outdoor opportunities should contact the Cascadia Activities Board at CascadiaActivitiesBoard@Cascadia.edu. All are welcome (including families and friends) at our non-registered events on campus!

Why Do Some Trips Cost Money? Don’t My Student Fees Pay For Everything?

UWB student fees heavily subsidize all of our Outdoor Wellness programs. We try to keep as many events free to students as possible, but due to the specialized nature of our programs, some events cost quite a bit of money to put on. In those cases, some costs may be transferred to the participant. As an example, one of our most popular programs so far has been our Snow Tubing event at Summit at Snoqualmie. That event cost about $58 per student to provide transportation, a tubing ticket, pizza, staffing, and gear rental. Our student cost was only $15, which means that $43 per person was subsidized by student fees!  

How Do I Know Which Trip is Right for Me?

We strive to offer a variety of trips for varying skill levels throughout the year. If you’re curious about a trip, you can read the full description at myarc.uwb.edu. Trip descriptions all include skill level, ability requirements, and important details about the event. Still unsure? Please email outdoor@uw.edu with any questions and we will be glad to help!

What About Gear?

Don’t let a lack of gear hold you back from taking part in our events! We do our best to provide essential gear for all of our trips free of charge. Need warm clothes for our ski trip? The Nest Outdoor Gear Shop has everything from insulated jackets to wool socks. Interested in a backpacking course? We have hiking boots, sleeping bags, and even bowls and sporks! Gear rental is always included free of charge for all of our registered courses, but items are limited so please reserve in advance!

Did You Know?

Forty-eight percent of UW Bothell's first year students are the first in their families to attend college.