For over 35 years, we have provided entertaining and educational experiences to NIU students, faculty and staff, as well as services to the local community. With year-round trips and events, as well as a four-season gear rental center, we'll help you enjoy the great outdoors.

To learn more, we welcome you to:

Events and Trips

We offer a variety of regularly scheduled events and trips, as well as activities and outings customized for your group.

Free! Event Series

Enjoy a variety of free workshops and activities.

View Free! Events

Learn How Event Series

Join us to have fun while learning new skills.

View Learn How Events

Other Events

Explore additional ways to get you outdoors.

View Other Events

Team-building Events

Strengthen your group's bond with fun activities.

Learn More About Team Building

Gear Rentals

Rent gear and equipment (available to NIU community and general public).

View Gear and Pricing

Custom Events/Trips

Let us customize the perfect outing for your group.

Create an Event/Trip

Gear and Resources

We have lots of information and gear to help you enjoy the outdoors. Stop by the Adventure Center, located in the Recreation Center, to:

  • Get pamphlets, maps and resources on local recreation.
  • Check out outdoor education and travel books for free.
  • Develop your climbing skills in the bouldering room.
  • Read our rental guidelines.

For more information or to request a reservation, contact us at or 815-753-8012.

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