Outdoor Recreation Expo

Keeping Otters outside and active

By Jessenya Guerra
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Students participate in a bracelet making demonstration at the outdoor expo. Photo by Jessenya Guerra

“We’re out here showcasing some of the stuff that students can rent or use throughout the year from Outdoor Recreation,” said Beth Johnson, an Outdoor Leader with Outdoor Recreation at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). On Tuesday, August 28, Outdoor Recreation had their beginning of semester expo in Divarty Quad.

“Any student can sign up for any of these activities, coming up soon, we have a surfing class on September 8 for $25 and even some pretty cheap camping trips,” said Cami Smith, another Outdoor Leader with Outdoor Recreation, “This is my fourth year and Beth’s second year being an Outdoor Leader and I love it. It’s really fun getting to do things outside and meet new people.”

“Today, we have three different styles of tents that students can rent throughout the semester, along with a lot of other equipment that students can rent with their Otter ID card,” said Johnson,  “Whether it’s camping, kayaking, surfing, hiking, or biking that students are interested in, we are out there doing it.”

At the Outdoor Expo, students could enter a raffle to win some very interesting outdoor-related prizes, such as wooden toothbrushes and water bottles. They had stations set up all around Divarty Quad showcasing the different activities that students could experience with Outdoor Recreation including bracelet making, knot tying, DIY smoothies, and equipment demonstrations.

“All students can sign up by going to the recreation services desk in the Student Center,” said Johnson. Other events that are coming up for Outdoor Recreation include camping at Plaskett Creek with Womxn’s Adventures on September 15, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding on September 15, and camping at Yosemite September 21–23. For more information about Outdoor Recreation at CSUMB, students can go to recreation services or look online at csumb.edu/outdoor.

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