Outdoor Adventures

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Adventure Center 

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday

* The Adventure Center is closed during University closures and closures of the Student Recreation Center

Contact Information

The Adventure Center

Assistant Director
Christine Lagattolla

Trip and Team Manager
Melissa Anderson

Rentals Student Manager
Daria Porter


Outdoor Adventures proudly offers custom adventure trips, team building workshops, or a combination of both, catered specifically to your wants and needs. We specialize in providing crafted experiences focused on the desired outcomes for your student organization, campus department, office, or community group.  

Why NIU Outdoor Adventures?

  • Enhance relationships
  • Learn leadership and outdoor skills
  • Work toward accomplishing goals
  • Share experiences that last a lifetime

The Possibilities are Endless

Custom trip prices vary by activity, but typically range from $15-$50 per person, and can be arranged for a day or several weeks. No adventure is too small or too large. We have a few local resources that lend themselves especially well to groups in our area.  Any of the services listed can be linked together as part of a multi-sport trip. A customized quote is available after completing and submitting your Custom Trip Request Form.

We provide:

  • Transportation
  • Group and individual gear
  • Knowledgeable and trained staff

Create Your Own Adventure

Adventure Activities
  • Camping Retreats

  • Hiking and Backpacking

  • Nature Hikes

  • Rock Climbing

  • Caving

  • Trail and Mountain Biking

  • Kayaking and Canoeing

  • Whitewater Paddling

  • Snowboarding

  • Cross Country Skiing

  • Sledding and Tubing

  • Snowshoeing

  • Ice Skating

Team Building Activites
  • Icebreakers

  • Crate Climbing

  • Active Group Games

  • Initiatives focused on:

    • Problem Solving

    • Goal Setting

    • Communication

    • Leadership

Special Events
  • Geocache or Treasure Hunt

  • Moonlight Adventures

  • Canoe Battleship in Pool

Educational Sessions

  • Cooking in the Outdoors

  • Leave No Trace

  • Navigation

  • Outdoor Skills

Sports Activities
  • Horseback Riding

  • Frisbee Golf

  • Yard Games

  • Softball

  • Flag Football

Please call for more information. We love working with all kinds of groups!