Outdoor Adventures

Campus Recreation Facebook Campus Recreation Twitter Campus Recreation Instagram Campus Recreation Pinterest

Adventure Center 

Hours of Operation

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

Saturday & Sunday
Closed

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

Contact Information

The Adventure Center
815-753-9423

Assistant Director
Christine Lagattolla
clagattolla@niu.edu
815-753-9422

Student Managers
Kyle Anderson - Adventure Trips
kanderson6@niu.edu
815-753-9423

Taylor Hartman - Gear Rentals
thartman3@niu.edu
815-753-9423

Nathan Tripp - Team Building
ntripp1@niu.edu
815-753-9422

oa reg billboard copy

Registration Information

Individuals and groups interested in participating in Adventure Trips must register by the registration deadline. Participants can register others such as friends or family members as long as the required paperwork and forms are complete and payment is made at the time of registration.

How to Register

  • Online registration clinics that are free or for trips that are paid via credit card are accepted by following the link provided on the webpage of the trip. 
  • Registration can also be taken at the kiosk computers inside of the Student Recreation Center for cash or check payment made at the Adventure Center during regular hours of operation.
  • Campus Recreation accepts cash, check (made out to NIU), MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.
  • There are fee differences for early and regular registration as well as NIU and Non-NIU participants. NIU Affiliates include current students, faculty/staff, or Campus Recreation members; Non-NIU Affiliate include the general public

Trip Forms

Forms are required for each trip and must be completed at least three days prior to departure. You may complete required forms in advance and bring them in or complete them while registering:

Group Registration

To register a group for participation in a trip or clinic, please contact the Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventures. You can also create your own custom event for your group, visit Custom Trips.

Pre-Trip Meetings

  • Meetings are scheduled for all overnight and extended trips
  • Attendance at pre-trip meetings is required
  • Special circumstances may exempt a participant from attending a pre-trip meeting but the individual must make arrangements with the Assistant Director prior to the scheduled meeting date
  • Pre-trip meetings include important information about trip schedules, equipment, health information, basic skills, and some pre-trip training

Refunds, Transfers, and Cancellations

  • Minimum participation requirements are established for all trips. Trips not reaching minimum enrollment levels will be canceled and registration fees will be refunded.
  • Refunds are only given for canceled trips or for a documented medical situation.
  • Trip or clinic registrations can be transferred to another participant or to a future trip if requests are made prior to the registration deadline.

Payment Plans

  • If students register for a program or service with a payment plan and their credit card does not process properly then the students’ bursar account will be charged.  
  • If non-student members registers for a program or service using a payment plan and their credit card does not process properly the non-student member will be contacted.  The non-student member must resolve the problem within 3 business day.  If the non-student member does not resolve the issue then Campus Recreation will suspend access to the program or service until payment is resolved.

Assumption of Risk

  • Outdoor adventure has an inherent risk of injury or death.
  • Campus Recreation trips and activities are conducted with safety in mind; however, participants are also responsible for their own safety.
  • Northern Illinois University, Campus Recreation, Outdoor Adventures, and its employees assume no liability for damages that arise during or from participation in Outdoor Adventure programs.