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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

Team Manager
Maurice Jackson
mjackson8@niu.edu
815-753-9423

Rentals Student Manager
Tyler Pellegrini
tpellegrini1@niu.edu
815-753-9423

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 2016 Event Schedule

Date(s) Activity or Trip Location
Wednesday, 1/20 S'mores Open House NIU Adventure Center
Tuesday, 1/26 Winter Wonderland NIU Adventure Center / East Lagoon
Sunday, 1/31 Eagle Festival Starved Rock State Park / Oglesby, IL
Monday, 2/1 SUP Yoga Workshop NIU Gabel Hall Pool
Tuesday, 2/2 Crate Climbing NIU Rec Center Court 4
Friday, 2/5 - Sunday, 2/7 Ski/Snowboard  Granite Peak / Wausau, WI
Wednesday, 2/10 Indoor Climbing Vertical Endeavors / Glendale Hts, IL
Saturday, 2/13 Beginner Snowboard Lake Carroll / Lanark, IL 
Monday, 2/15 Kayak Pool Clinic NIU Gabel Hall Pool
Friday, 2/19 Ski/Snowboard Chestnut Mountain / Galena, IL 
Sunday, 2/21 Cross Country Ski Lowden Miller State Forest / Oregon, IL 
Monday, 2/22 Moonlight Snowshoe Afton Forest Preserve / DeKalb, IL
Monday, 2/29 Kayak Pool Clinic NIU Gabel Hall Pool
Wednesday, 3/2 Indoor Climbing Vertical Endeavors / Glendale Hts, IL
Monday, 3/7 SUP Yoga Workshop NIU Gabel Hall Pool
Saturday, 3/12-3/19 Alternative Spring Break Chattahoochee NF / Dalton, GA
Thursdays starting 3/24 Weekly Bike Ride Meet at the Adventure Center at 5pm
Friday, 4/1 - Sunday, 4/3 Backpacking Kettle Moraine State Forest / Eagle, WI
Monday, 4/4 SUP Yoga Workshop NIU Gabel Hall Pool
Tuesday, 4/5 Crate Climbing NIU Rec Center Court 4
Wednesday, 4/6 Indoor Climbing Vertical Endeavors / Glendale Hts, IL 
Saturday, 4/9 Day Hike Starved Rock State Park / Oglesby, IL
Sunday, 4/17 Caving Maquoketa Caves State Park / IA
Tuesday, 4/19 Canoe Battleship NIU Gabel Hall Pool
Friday, 4/22 Earth Day Upcycle NIU MLK Commons
Saturday, 4/23 NEW ADDITION! Caving Maquoketa Caves State Park / IA
Saturday, 4/23 Volunteer DeKalb Forest Preserve
Sunday, 4/24 Canoe Paddle & Pedal Fox River / St. Charles, IL
Saturday, 4/30 Day Climb Devil's Lake State Park / Baraboo, WI
Monday, 5/2 SUP Yoga Workshop NIU Gabel Hall Pool
Wednesday, 5/4 Indoor Climbing Vertical Endeavors / Glendale Hts, IL
Friday, 5/6 Yoga Hike Shabbona Lake State Park / Shabbona, IL


















































Summer 2016 Event Schedule

Date(s) Activity or Trip Location
Sunday, 5/15 - Friday, 5/28 Southwest Adventure Arizona and Utah
Sunday, 6/5 - Thursday, 6/9 Rock Climbing Red River Gorge / Slade, KY

Registration

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.