What is COPA?


The phrase “work hard, play hard” is fully embraced here in Bear Country. With all the natural beauty and opportunities Central Arkansas brings, adventure is not just an accessory, it’s a way of life. Floating, fishing, camping and hiking are just a few of the ways you can take a step outside of the classroom and into the great outdoors.

Let’s play a quick game of True or False to see what all you know about COPA.


1. Renting outdoor equipment is expensive.

True, but NOT at UCA! Students can check out camping gear, bikes, coolers, kayaks, etc. FOR FREE. Check out the list of available items here.

2. COPA is located on campus.

True! COPA is located in the back of the HPER Center next to the racquetball courts and is open every day of the week! Hours included below. *Holiday hours vary*

  • Monday-Thursday: 6am-12pm

  • Friday: 6 a.m. - 9.p.m.

  • Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Sunday: 3 p.m. - 12 a.m.

3. You have to be trained to enjoy the outdoors.

False, but COPA does offer training courses to help prepare you for your future adventures! If you want to get more comfortable with certain gear or activities, COPA has you covered.

4. Planning your own outdoor excursions can be tough.

True! That’s why COPA offers group hiking and floating trips to make it easy on you. Trips go all around Arkansas and costs can range from $10 to $30. Click here to see the 2017-2018 schedule.

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Eric Rob Isaac