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

Weekend Trips

Trip Planning Guide:

Bike Camp Free Hike Rock Snow Sports Volunteer Water 

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

Min/Max Participants: 6/10

TRIP IS CURRENTLY FULL PLEASE EMAIL to be added to a waiting list. 

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