Adventure Trips

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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

Student Managers 

Daria Porter- Gear Rentals 

dporter5@niu.edu

815-753-9423

Sarah Honda - Team Building
shonda1@niu.edu
815-753-9423



Weekend Trips

Trip Planning Guide:

Bike Camp Free Hike Rock Snow Sports Volunteer Water 
 



Climbing Weekend at Jackson Falls in southern Illinois

Camp Rock Hike

This is a great weekend to be grateful for the wonderful places to recreate.  Join us for the Thanksgiving break as we travel down to the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois for some climbing, camping, and exploring.  This location sports some of the best climbing routes in the area and has beautiful scenery and great atmosphere to enjoy nature.   The registration includes leadership, climbing and camping equipment, transportation, and all meals.

Trip Level: 1

NIU Students Register Here      

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and Time(s): 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30

Registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $100.00 / Faculty, Staff and Community $125.00 by Nov. 21

Mandatory Pre-trip meeting: Monday, Nov. 24 at 9:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Conference Room

 


Camp and Cave at Maquoketa Caves State Park, IA

Camp Rock Hike

Let’s get down and dirty! Explore the caves on your hands and knees in the Raccoon Creek Valley of Iowa located two hours west of DeKalb.  Beyond the astonishing caverns and crevasses, the park is home to a restored prairie and six miles of trails that access the 16 limestone caves.  Great sights include the “Natural Bridge”, the 17-ton “Balanced Rock”, the 1100’ “Dancehall Cave” and the infamous “Wye” cave. This trip is known to fill up fast so do not wait to sign up and you can find out what makes Wye cave so infamous. Included in the registration fee are leadership, equipment (caving helmet with headlamp and pads), camping gear (tent, sleeping bag and pad), all meals, and park permits.

Trip Level: 1

NIU Students Register Here      

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Friday, 4/17 5:00 p.m. – Sunday, 4/19 7:00 p.m.


Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $55 / Faculty/Staff/Community $65 by 4/5
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $65 / Faculty/Staff/Community $75 by 4/15

Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: Monday, April 13 at 9:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Conference Room

“I met lots of awesome people. It was really enjoyable. I’m really glad I went. I passed my fear and went in small places I never thought I would. P.S. Thank you!!!!” - Caving Trip Participant