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Outdoor Adventures

For over 35 years, Outdoor Adventures (OA) has provided outdoor recreation experiences for NIU students, faculty, staff as well as service to the general public.

We provide a year-round program full of scheduled trips and events, a four-season rental center, and custom team building services that are available by request to any organized group.

We believe the outdoors has something special to offer everyone. We invite you to stop by and visit our Adventure Center, check out our selection of resources and let us help you spend more time enjoying the great outdoors. Subscribe to our email list to receive regular updates and local information.

Fall 2020 Adventure Trip and Event Schedule

Trip Scholarships

Can't afford a trip? If you're an NIU student, you can apply for a scholarship to help cover up to 50% of the cost. After you fill out the trip scholarship form, we'll get back to you in about one week. If you haven't heard from us in that time, contact us at 815-753-9423 or outdooradventure@niu.edu.

If your application is accepted and financial assistance is granted, you must:

  • Pay the difference of the trip cost no later than one week before the trip. If you don't pay the difference, you'll be charged for the entire cost or removed from the trip.
  • Act in an orderly and respectful manner on the trip.
  • Complete an assignment about your experience on the trip. This usually consists of creating a social media post or providing a personal testimony. You'll receive details in advance.

We reserve the right to revoke a scholarship at any time before or after a trip. If your scholarship is revoked, you must pay back the amount you were granted.

Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC)

Adventurers near and far! If you love the outdoors (or if you want to experience something new) and are interested in hiking, snowboarding/skiing, climbing, or paddling, join the Outdoor Adventure Club! This is your opportunity to find your passion for nature and to make some good friends along the way.

Stop in for our bi-weekly meetings or go to the climbing gym with us on the weekends. Make the club your own and truly get the college experience that you paid for. Join the Outdoor Adventure Club and make new memories that will last a lifetime!

Questions? Reach out via email outdooradventure@niu.edu or call 815-753-9423.

Club Pages: Facebook Group - Instagram

Swap Don't Shop

An intiative started by student environmental organizations, Swap Don't Shop happens monthly as an opportunity for students and community members to swap clothing and some household items. Donations are accepted at the Recreation Center main desk. When you attend the event bring at least one clothing item or non-expired food item to donate to the Huskie Food Pantry. Everything is free.


For more information please contact Christine Lagattolla, assistant director of Outdoor Adventures at 815-753-9423 or outdooradventure@niu.edu.