Lorado Taft Field Campus

 You're invited!

NIU's outdoor education and conference center is open year-round to any group of 40 to 160 people.

A member of the Taft Campus staff will help you with the planning of the event prior to your arrival.  During your stay, they will also serve as your host.

The Taft Campus offers accessible facilities. Most natural areas, however, are not. Please contact us for additional information about accessibility.

The Taft Campus can be easily reached from Interstates 39, 88 and 90. We are located between the cities of Dixon and Rockford. We are 30 miles south of Rockford, 35 miles west of DeKalb, 75 miles north of Ottawa and 80 miles east of Galena.

Groups that have utilized the Taft Campus include:

  • 4th through 8th grade classes for Outdoor Education
  • Operation Snowball weekends
  • Natural Helpers weekends
  • Scrapbook making weekends
  • University sponsored retreats
  • High school atheletic team retreats
  • Church retreats
  • Girl Scout weekends
  • Family reunions

Check out a video sneak peak of our outdoor education program here:

outdoor ed video screenshot