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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 Managers 

Daria Porter- Gear Rentals 



Sarah Honda - Team Building

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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!

Fall 2014 Schedule

Date(s) Activity or Trip Location
Every Thursday starting 9/4 Bike Ride with OA & NIU Tri Team Meet at the Adventure Center
Thursday, 8/28 Outdoor Adventure Tailgate East side of Huskie Stadium
Thursday, 9/4 Evening Canoe  NIU East Lagoon
Monday, 9/8 Full Moon Hike Afton Forest Preserve, DeKalb
Tuesday, 9/9 Crate Climbing NIU Rec Center Court 1
Friday, 9/12 - Saturday, 9/13 Camp on Campus NIU West Lagoon
Sunday, 9/14 Day Canoeing Chicago River, Chicago
Tuesday, 9/16 Evening Kayak NIU East Lagoon
Saturday, 9/20 - Sunday, 9/21 Camp and Climb Devils Lake State Park, WI
Saturday, 9/27 Clean the Kish Volunteer Event  Kishwaukee River, DeKalb
Sunday, 9/28 Yoga Hike Castle Rock State Park, Oregon 
Saturday, 10/4 Family Weekend Disc Golf Clinic NIU West Lagoon
Sunday, 10/5 Day Caving Maquoketa Caves State Park, IA
Tuesday, 10/14 Indoor Climbing  Vertical Endeavors, Glendale Hts.
Friday, 10/17 - Sunday, 10/19  Camping Retreat Kettle Moraine State Park, WI
Sunday, 10/26 Day Caving Maquoketa Caves State Park, IA
Tuesday, 10/28 Halloween Crate Climb NIU Rec Center Court 1
Tuesday, 11/4 Kayak Pool Clinic NIU Gabel Hall Pool
Wednesday, 11/26 - Sunday, 11/30 Thanksgiving Climbing  Jackson Falls, S. Illinois
Sunday, 12/14 - Friday 12/19 Ski and Snowboard Breckenridge, 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.

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.