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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

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Adventure Trips

Outdoor Adventure trips aim to provide a variety of enjoyable and affordable positive experiences from clinics to lengthy expeditions. Trips are designed to be fun, yet educational, and allow individuals and groups to learn the skills necessary to enjoy the outdoors. Our trips promote responsible stewardship of the environment and natural resources. If you have a group of friends or organization that is looking for an adventure, see our custom trips page and tailor make an adventure suitable for your group. Join the Outdoor Adventures staff for an experience of a lifetime!

Spring 2015 Schedule

Date(s) Activity or Trip Location
Saturday, 1/24  Eagle Festival  Starved Rock State Park
Tuesday, 1/27 Winter Wonderland NIU Adventure Center
Monday, 2/2 Crate Climb NIU Rec Center
Tuesday, 2/3 Moonlight Snowshoe Afton Forest Preserve
Saturday, 2/7 Beginner Snowboard Lake Carroll Ski Hill
Sunday, 2/8  Snowshoe Lowden Miller State Forest
Friday, 2/13 Ski/Snowboard Chestnut Mountain
Saturday, 2/14 Beginner Snowboard Lake Carroll Ski Hill
Sunday, 2/15 Cross Country Ski Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve
Tuesday, 2/17 Beginner Kayak Pool Clinic NIU Gabel Hall Pool
Monday, 2/23 Beginner Kayak Pool Clinic NIU Gabel Hall Pool
Saturday, 3/7 - Saturday, 3/14       Alternative Spring Break  Chattahoochee National Forest, GA
Thursdays starting 3/19 Weekly Bike Rides Adventure Center at 4:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, 4/8 Crate Climb NIU Rec Center
Sunday, 4/12 Day Hike Starved Rock State Park 
Tuesday, 4/14 Outdoor Tips and Tricks Clinic NIU Adventure Center
Friday, 4/17 - Sunday, 4/19 Camp and Cave Maquoketa Caves State Park, IA
Wednesday, 4/22 Earth Day Cleanup & Picnic NIU East Lagoon
Saturday, 4/25 Day Climb Devil's Lake State Park, WI
Sunday, 4/26 Volunteer Event DeKalb Forest Preserve 
Friday, 5/1 Yoga Day Hike Shabbona Lake State Park

Summer 2015 Schedule

Date(s) Activity or Trip Location
Sunday, 7/12 - Sunday, 7/19 Backpacking and Touring  Yosemite National Park, CA
Tuesday, 8/11 - Sunday, 8/16 Canoeing and Fishing Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN
Tuesday, 8/11 - Sunday, 8/16 Backpacking Porcupine Mountains, MI


Sign up early for any of our scheduled trips and save money. To help plan our trips, we like to know you are coming. We offer early bird discounts for participants who are willing to commit in advance.View more information about each event, links for online registration, deadlines, and pricing by clicking the name of the activity or trip.

Rating System

The 3-tiered rating system is to help ensure safety on trips by assisting participants to decide if they are ready and capable for specific trips. The following are general descriptions of the 3 levels and may be applied differently depending on the activities and trips.

Level 1 - Moderate physical conditioning is necessary, experience and technical knowledge is not required.
Level 2 – Average physical conditioning is necessary, some experience and technical knowledge is required.
Level 3 - Good physical conditioning is required, specific experience is required, and technical proficiency is highly recommended.
N/A – This activity requires low levels of physical conditioning and no specific experience is necessary, technical skills are not necessary.