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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

Trip and Team Manager
Melissa Anderson
manderson24@niu.edu
815-753-9423

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

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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!

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 Backpacking Porcupine Mountains, MI

Fall 2015 Event Schedule

Date(s) Activity or Trip Location
Thursdays, 8/27-10/29       Weekly Bike Rides    Meet at the Adventure Center   
Sunday, 8/30 Kayaking Chicago River / Chicago, IL 
Tuesday, 9/1 Crate Climbing NIU Rec Center
Wednesday, 9/2 Indoor Climbing Vertical Endeavors / Glendale Heights, IL 
Friday, 9/11 - Saturday, 9/12 Camp on Campus NIU West Lagoon
Sunday, 9/13 Standup Paddleboarding Lake Carroll / Lanark, IL 
Friday, 9/18 - Saturday, 9/19 Camp and Canoe Rock River / Oregon, IL 
Tuesday, 9/22 SUP Yoga Workshop NIU Gabel Hall Pool
Saturday, 9/26 Clean the Kish Meet at East Lagoon / Kishwaukee River
Sunday, 9/27 Outdoor Climbing Devil's Lake State Park / Baraboo, WI
Monday, 9/28 Full Moon Hike Afton Forest Preserve / DeKalb, IL 
Friday, 10/2 - Sunday, 10/4 Camp and Cave Maquoketa Caves State Park / Maquoketa, IA
Wednesday, 10/7 Indoor Climbing Vertical Endeavors / Glendale Heights, IL 
Friday, 10/9 - Sunday, 10/11 Backpacking  Yellow River State Forest / Harpers Ferry, IA
Saturday, 10/17 Indoor Climbing Vertical Endeavors / Glendale Heights, IA
Sunday, 10/18 Horseback Riding White Pines Ranch / Oregon, IL 
Tuesday, 10/20 Kayak Pool Workshop NIU Gabel Hall Pool
Sunday, 10/25 Volunteer Afton Forest Preserve / DeKalb, IL 
Wednesday, 10/28 Crate Climbing NIU Rec Center
Wednesday, 11/4 Indoor Climbing Vertical Endeavors / Glendale Heights, IL 
Tuesday, 11/17 Kayak Pool Workshop NIU Gabel Hall Pool
Sunday, 11/29 Day Hike Starved Rock State Park / Oglesby, IL 
Wednesday, 12/2 Indoor Climbing Vertical Endeavors / Glendale Heights, IL 
Dates TBA January 2015 Snowboard or Ski TBA Resort / Colorado

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.