Outdoor Adventures

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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

Weekend Trips 

Ski/Snowboard Trip at Granite Peak / Wausau, WI

Are you eager to hit the slopes for some great carving or terrain? Grab your friends and sign up for a weekend getaway to Granite Peak at Rib Mountain State Park, one of the top rated ski and snowboard areas of the Midwest. Granite Peak boasts almost 75 runs and 7 lifts on a 700 foot mountain face. Click here to find out more about this amazing destination! Included in the registration fee is transportation, NIU snowboard gear (first come, first serve), and hotel lodging. Food is not included. Sign up today to guarantee a spot!  

Trip Level: 2

Min/Max Participants: 6/10

Date(s) and time(s): Fri, Feb. 5, 5:00 p.m. – Sun, Feb. 7, 8:00 p.m.

Registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $250.00, Faculty/Staff/Community $300.00 by Feb. 3

Mandatory pre-trip meeting: Weds, Feb 3. 5:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Conference Room


Backpacking at Kettle Moraine State Forest / Eagle, WI

Looking for a weekend getaway this spring? Join us for a backpacking trip to the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Wisconsin. This area is known for miles of scenic trails throughout central and southern Wisconsin. Early springtime in this area makes for great views of the changing season! Included in the registration fee is transportation, leadership, all meals, backpacking and camping gear.

Trip Level: 2

Min/Max Participants: 6/10

NIU Students Register Here

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Fri, Apr. 1, 2:00 p.m. – Sun, Apr. 3, 6:00 p.m.

Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $70.00, Faculty/Staff/Community $85.00 by Mar. 23
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $85.00, Faculty/Staff/Community $100.00 by Mar. 30

Mandatory pre-trip meeting: Weds, Mar. 30 5:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Conference Room


Yoga Retreat at Lake Carroll / Lanark, IL

Take a break with a relaxing evening at a residence at Lake Carroll,  a private lake in NW Illinois. Friday night join in with cooking a vegetarian dinner, discussions, and a yoga documentary. On Saturday, we will take a challenging hike on the nearby unglaciated hills and experience yang (active) and yin (restorative) yoga sessions. Included in registration is all meals, yoga instruction by Christine Lagattolla certified yoga teacher, lodging, and transportation.

Trip Level: 1

Min/Max Participants: 6/10

NIU Students Register Here

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Fri April 15, 5:00 p.m. – Sat, April 16, 5:00 p.m.

Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $50.00, Faculty/Staff/Community $60.00 by Apr. 6
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $60.00, Faculty/Staff/Community $70.00 by Apr. 13