Adventure Trips

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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

Special Events

Trip Planning Guide:

Bike Camp Free Hike Rock Snow Sports Volunteer Water 

Winter Wonderland

Free Snow Sports

Despite the weather to provide us with frozen ponds and snowy fields, we hope you can stop to say hello.  If you haven't been to the Adventure Center this is a great time to see what we have to offer. 

  • FREE giveaways to all visitors (t-shirts, water bottles, stickers, and mugs)
  • Check out the sweet equipment we rent (figure and hockey skates, cross country ski packages, snowshoes, sleds, and snowboards)
  • FREE hot cocoa and s'mores over a real campfire 
  • Ask questions about our upcoming adventure trips and other great opportunities
  • FREE samples and advice from Nutrition Services

Date(s) and time(s): Tuesday, 1/27 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Crate Climb at NIU Student Recreation Center Court 1

Free Rock Sports

Stop by the Rec Center to experience what Crate Climbing is all about.  This challenging activity involves stacking and scaling crates as high as you can.  You are suited up in a harness and belayed by an experienced Outdoor Adventure Leader.  How high can you climb without the crate tower toppling over?  Find out more about the Outdoor Adventure program at this free special event. 

Date and time(s): Monday, 2/2 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Date and time(s): Wednesday, 4/8 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Weekly Bike Ride with Outdoor Adventures 

Free Bike

Outdoor Adventures will be hosting free weekly bike rides again this spring. Come hang out with our awesome staff and meet some awesome new people! This ride is for all skill levels.  Don’t have a bike? The Adventure Center will loan you one of their rental Trek mountain bikes (first come, first serve). Come out for to find out about the local bike trails or come for a fun workout.

Date and time: Thursdays (Mar 19 – April 30), the group ride departs at 4:30 p.m. 

Outdoor Tips and Tricks Clinic


Feeling a little rusty when it comes to the great outdoors? Stop by the Adventure Center and attend our tips and tricks clinic to polish up your skills or learn some new ones! Submit your suggestions of what to cover to  

Date(s) and time(s): Tuesday, 4/14 4:45 p.m. -5:45 p.m.

NIU Students Register Here     

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Earth Day Cleanup and Picnic

Free Volunteer Sports Water

Celebrate Earth Day with Outdoor Adventures this year! Those interested in attending please register below for a food count. You can also join our Facebook event. 

We will meet on the north side of the lagoon at 4:30 p.m. (along College Ave. near the flagpole) to start the clean up around the lagoon and along the Kish River. 

After the clean up, join us for "think tank" brainstorm and discussion of what efforts our student service and environmental organizations have been doing and what we want to do this next year.

The conversations can continue along with time to play (slackline, paddle, bags) and enjoy some great healthy food (bean burgers, salads, and dessert). We look forward to seeing you there!

Date(s) and time(s): Wednesday, 4/22 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

NIU Students Register Here      

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Volunteer Event with the DeKalb Country Forest Preserve District

Free Volunteer

Spend the day giving back to the community volunteering at Afton Forest Preserve. This is a great opportunity to help and learn about prairie restoration efforts. Transportation is provided.  Please register by 4/24.

Date(s) and time(s): Sunday, 4/26 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Max capacity for transportation: 12 registrants

NIU Students Register Here      

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

KNPE 196 Climbing  

Transportation, equipment, gym pass, and fun! Only for KNPE 196 students. $25 due by trip departure. 

Lifetime Fitness in Warrenville Friday, 4/3 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Register Here

Vertical Endeavors in Glendale Heights Thursday, 4/16 5:30 - 11:00 p.m. Register Here

Vertical Endeavors in Glendale Heights  Tuesday, 4/21 5:30 - 11:00 p.m. Register Here

Outdoor climbing includes transportation, equipment, and an awesome experience! $40 due by trip departure.

Mississippi Palisades State Park Friday, 4/24 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Register Here