Staff Appreciation Picnic

staff picnic 2016 water balloon tossstaff picnic photo

The Staff Appreciation Picnic is an annual event hosted by Staff Assembly, a council dedicated to supporting and developing activities serving staff at UCI and UCIMC. The picnic is planned and led entirely by volunteer staff who donate their time to make it a memorable experience. This event is recognized as a time to say ‘Thanks’ to staff for all they do for the UCI community!


UCI and UCIMC staff vote on a theme for the picnic each year.

2020 – Cancelled due to COVID-19
2019 – A 1980s Dance Party (photos)
2018 – A Harry Potter Picnic (photos)
2017 – An Afternoon at the Movies (photos)
2016 – Sun, Surf ‘N SoCal (photos)
2015 – Show Your UCI Pride
2014 – Rock ‘N Zot


The picnic is held in beautiful Aldrich Park, located in the heart of the campus.

Staff Picnic Map


Participate in the competition for best department display, group and individual outfits, dance to music from KUCI, and play classic lawn games like the water balloon toss (non-latex) and 3 legged race.


We serve a delicious BBQ buffet menu with vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options. Food is complimentary so one serving per person, please!

Zero-Waste requirements

The Staff Picnic strives to be a Zero Waste event. Zero waste stations using the 3 bin system (landfill, composting, and recycling) will be available as well as hydration stations for refilling water bottles. To be sustainable, we encourage staff to bring their own reusable plates, utensils, and beverage containers.

Transportation from UCIMC & University Research Park

Shuttle transportation is available for staff who work at UCIMC & University Research Park to easily get to and from the picnic.


Volunteers are welcome! If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Staff Appreciation Chair, Joani Harrington.