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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

Student Manager
Tyler Pellegrini

Trip Leader Student Manager
Justin Wiewora

Student Manager of Gear Rentals
Jessica Wind

Student Manager of Team Facilitation
Daria Porter

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!

Fall 2016 Event Schedule

Date(s) Activity or Trip Location
Wednesdays starting 8/24 Weekly Bike Ride Meet at the Adventure Center at 5pm
Monday, 9/5 Indoor Climbing Vertical Endeavors / Glendale Hts, IL
Saturday, 9/10 Kayak Rock River Rock River / Oregon, IL
Saturday, 9/17 - Sunday, 9/18 Camp & Canoe Wisconsin River / Spring Green, WI
Monday, 9/26 Full Moon Hike Afton Forest Preserve
Friday, 9/30 - Sunday, 10/2 Camp & Cave Maquoketa Caves, IA - BOOKED FULL
Monday, 10/3 Indoor Climbing Vertical Endeavors / Glendale Hts, IL
Saturday, 10/8 Caving Maquoketa Caves, IA
Tuesday, 10/18 Kayak Pool Clinic NIU Gabel Hall Pool
Friday, 10/21 - Sunday, 10/23 Intro to Backpacking Mississippi Palisades State
Park, Savanna, IL
Monday, 11/7 Indoor Climbing Vertical Endeavors / Glendale Hts, IL
Sunday, 11/13 Hiking Starved Rock State Park, IL
Tuesday, 11/22 Kayak Pool Clinic NIU Gabel Hall Pool
January TBA Ski & Snowboarding Resort TBA, CO


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. For more information about registration and our cancellation polices, see our registration information page. 

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.