Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about our Outdoor Wellness Program and The Nest Gear Shop? Below are answers to some of the commonly asked questions about our programs.

Where is The Nest Located?

The Nest is located in the Lower Level of the Activities and Recreation Center behind the Fitness Center Front Desk.

Can I come into The Nest?

If The Nest is open and staff are present, students are welcome to come in and check us out! Just check in with the staff at the Fitness Front Desk and they can assist you.

Can I rent from the Nest?

The Nest Gear Shop is funded entirely by UW Bothell student fees and is therefore, only available to UWB students at this time. Our campus friends, partners and community members are welcome to visit at any time and chat about outdoor opportunities in the area!

How much does it cost?

Gear rentals are FREE to all current UWB students. We do have fees for late returns, equipment cleaning, and gear replacement. You can view our gear list and replacement prices here:

How MUCH gear can I rent?

As much as you want, within reason. Students can rent gear for friends and family, but students are financially responsible for all of the gear they check out. Priority is always given to Outdoor Wellness programs who may be utilizing the gear for trips. We strongly recommend making reservations if you want to guarantee gear availability.

Can I return gear outside of gear shop business hours?

With advanced planning, yes. Gear may only be returned during gear shop hours OR by appointment. This is to ensure that trained staff is able to assess the condition of the gear being returned and whether any additional fees should be charged. Students will be charged a service fee if they drop off equipment outside of business hours without an appointment.

How Do I Reserve Gear?

At this point in time, reservations are only available by email. Please email your desired equipment and dates to and we will respond as soon as possible. Please note that a confirmation email will be sent if we can accommodate your reservation. 

Do you have ski/scuba/cycling/climbing equipment/etc?

At this time, the majority of our equipment is designed for hiking, backpacking, camping, and general exploring. We do have snow shoes, climbing harnesses and shoes, and expedition sized backpacks for folks seeking a bit more adventure. We hope to add ice-axes and crampons to our inventory in the next few years. Do to cost restrictions, we do not have plans to add ski or bike equipment to our inventory anytime soon, but we are working with local partners to see if we can setup discount purchasing programs in the near future, so please stay tuned!