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Adventure Center

Outdoor Adventures

For over 30 years, Outdoor Adventures (OA) has been providing outdoor experiences to the NIU community which includes students, faculty, staff and the general public.

We provide a year-round program of scheduled trips and events, rental center, and available by request for services including custom trips and team building events. 

We believe the outdoors has something to offer everyone. We welcome you to visit our rental center, peruse our resources and get involved. Subscribe to our mailing list.

Summer Job Opportunity

Outdoor Adventures is looking for part-time summer help! If you are going to be in the DeKalb area and want to get involved in assisting the program operations complete an application.  The number of hours per week is variable and dependent on your schedule up to 20 hours/week. The ideal candidate is a sophomore or younger and interested in outdoor recreation.  Types of work include assisting adventure trips (future trip leader training starting in the fall), attending rentals, and facilitating teambuilding and sport activities for youth.  Reach out to with any questions.

 Upcoming Special Events

Mon, 3/19

Summer Trips Info Meeting

Rec Center, Leaders Lounge

Weds, 3/21 - Weds, 5/2

Weekly Bike Ride        

Meet at Adventure Center

Fri, 3/23 - 
Sat, 3/24

Rec Takeover Lock-In 

Rec Center

Sun, 3/25

Sunday Restorative 
Yoga Workshop

Rec Center Activity Room 2

 Mon, 4/3

Summer Trips Info Meeting 

Rec Center, Leaders Lounge

Sun, 4/15

Sunday Restorative 
Yoga Workshop

Rec Center Activity Room 2

Sun, 4/22

Thank the Earth Day Party 

NIU’s West Lagoon

Check out the rest of the adventure trips.

Trip Financial Assistance is now available

If you would love to experience an outdoor adventure but the expense is your only barrier, we are now accepting scholarship applications. The maximum assistance available is 50% of the trip cost. Pick your adventure, then fill out this form.


For more information please contact Christine Lagattolla, Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventures at 815-753-9422 or