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Recreation and Wellness

Recreation and Wellness


The Department of Recreation and Wellness, known as RecWell, covers about 230 acres of the University of North Florida campus, has multiple facilities and fields, and is divided into these units: Aquatics, Fitness, Competitive Sports, Eco Adventure, Wellness, and Youth Programs Compliance. We employ nearly 20 full-time professional staff members across these units and approximately 200 student staff. 

RecWell desires to serve our students and provide them opportunities to learn and grow. RecWell offers programs and services to balance the academic demands with outside-of-the-classroom opportunities to de-stress, build a strong mind and body, gain practical work experience, and to form lasting friendships and experiences that will bond them to our university.

Spring 2023 Events

5 Weeks to a 5K Training

Dates: January 9 - February 18

Location: Student Wellness Complex

Kick-start 2023 by training for the UNF Swoop the Loop 5K (or just train for fun!). The 5 week program runs January 9 - February 18. Visit Member Services in the Student Wellness Complex to pick up the training plan. The 3.1 mile, Swoop the Loop race takes place on campus Saturday, February 18 during Homecoming Week.

Register for Swoop the Loop

NCHA Health Survey

Date: January 30 - March 10

Check your inbox for an email from The American College Health Association (ACHA). UNF Students will be asked to participate in a nationally recognized research survey about student health and wellness. Your answers will help us to develop relevant and impactful wellness programs and you will also be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

Open Zip Line Night

Date: Thursday, February 9

Time: 5 PM-7 PM

Location: Osprey Challenge Course

UNF Ospreys, spread your wings and take flight! Come out to the Osprey Challenge Course and enjoy a night of zip lining over Lake Oneida.

Intro to Organic Gardening Workshop

Date: Friday, February 10

Time: 10 AM-11 AM

Location: Ogier Gardens

Home gardening can improve your health, save you money, and increase your food security. Learn the basics to starting your own garden with the Ogier Gardens Coordinator, Kevin Anderson.

Love Week Special Events

Monday, February 13: Heart Hunt

At the Student Wellness Complex (BLDG 61) from 9 AM-9 PM there will be 5 hearts hidden around the building. Find 1 of 5 hearts and win a prize after posting a picture of you with the heart on Instagram using #HealthyOsprey.

Tuesday, February 14: Love Workshop

Located in the Mind and Body Studio (BLDG 61, RM 1017) at 1 PM students will learn about healthy relationships and sexual health from the peer educators at RecWell.

Wednesday, February 15: UNFLOVE Market Day

Find the Healthy Osprey Hut at Market Day between 10 AM and 2 PM there will be candy grams and a Valentine’s Day photo booth.

Thursday, February 16: #WEMETATUNF

Students will be able to win a prize by posting a picture of a friendship or relationship they found at UNF on Instagram and use #WEMETATUNF and #HealthyOsprey.

Friday, February 17: Claim Prizes

The winning students throughout the week will be able to claim their prize at the Paul Shirley Assessment Center (BLDG 61, RM 2025) between 9 AM and 3:30 PM.

Intro to Organic Gardening Workshop

Date: Wednesday, February 15

Time: 3 PM-4 PM

Location: Ogier Gardens

Home gardening can improve your health, save you money, and increase your food security. Learn the basics to starting your own garden with the Ogier Gardens Coordinator, Kevin Anderson.

CPR/First-Aid Training

Date: Friday, February 17

Time: 9 AM - 11 AM

Location: Student Wellness Complex

This course offers American Red Cross Adult First-Aid and CPR/AED training to currently enrolled UNF Students and UNF Faculty and Staff. This certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of completion. Each class is $60 per person and is limited to 10 participants.

Sign Up

Osprey Fit Program

Date: Wednesday, February 22 

Join our 6-week step counting program! Track your steps, join our challenges, and you could be a winner! Register between February 22 and April 12. Join the group "Healthy Osprey 23" via group code: H42552088. Winners are announced each week on the message board in the application. Prizes can be claimed at Market Day or by visiting the Recreation and Wellness Office located inside the Student Wellness Complex, Bldg.61/Suite 1200.

Herbal Tea Tour

Date: Friday, February 17

Time: 10 AM - 11AM

Location: Ogier Gardens

Come to our tea party and learn about how to dry and make your own fresh herbal teas from Student Farmers Mia Moldovanyi and Connor Christy.

Compost 101 Workshop

Date: Friday, February 24

Time: 10 AM - 11AM

Location: Ogier Gardens

A rind is a terrible thing to waste! Come learn how to set up and maintain your own composting system to recycle your kitchen scraps and yard waste. Fight climate change and learn how to make black gold with the Ogier Gardens very own Compost Steward, Ta'vianna Brooks.

Community Potluck

Date: Friday, February 24

Time: 5 PM

Location: Ogier Gardens

Get to know the Gardens volunteers and student staff at this veggie-friendly gathering open to all students hosted by UNF’s Slow Food Chapter club. Bring a beverage, dish or game to contribute.