Getting out and getting active

I wish every student could have the chance to see Northern California from a mountaintop or a remote river canyon.

Kayaking can be a part of your Chico Experience—as can snowshoeing, mountaineering, paddleboarding, and much more. 

Adventure Outings (AO) is a student-led organization that makes it easy for students to experience these kinds of outdoor adventures. They enjoy safe, healthy activities; build confidence by challenging their physical limits; and make friends.

Trip participants aren’t the only ones who benefit. Student employees learn valuable leadership and logistical skills while sharing their love of the Northern California wilderness.

“The AO family has shaped me as a person, student, and leader, ” says trip leader Juniper Rose. “If there is one thing I love more than cruising down a river or sleeping under shooting stars, it is getting to share those moments with new people and introduce other students to the great outdoors that I call home. I just wish every Chico State student could have the chance to see Northern California from a mountaintop or a remote river canyon.”  

If you prefer swimming laps to shooting rapids, check out the 109,000-square-foot Wildcat Recreation Center, open to all students. It has a lap pool, indoor track, climbing wall, yoga and spin classes, weight and cardio machines, and more.

For those with a competitive streak, there are 24 recreational or competitive sports clubs on campus—from ballroom dance and underwater hockey to lacrosse and ultimate Frisbee.

And don’t forget 3,618-acre Bidwell Park, only a few minutes’ stroll from campus.

Adventure Outings trip leader Juniper Rose teaches a group of students to tackle the river.
Adventure Outings trip leader Juniper Rose teaches a group of students to tackle the river.