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
Tyler Pellegrini

Special Events

Trip Planning Guide:

Bike Camp Free Hike Rock Snow Sports Volunteer Water 

S’mores Open House at the Adventure Center


What’s more fun than s’mores around a campfire? Finding out about all the great opportunities with Outdoor Adventures, of course! Stop by the Adventure Center to share a snack with your friends and learn more about all of the programs Outdoor Adventures has to offer this spring. No registration required stop by anytime between 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Date and time(s): Weds, Jan. 20, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. 

Winter Wonderland at the Adventure Center and East Lagoon

Free Snow

Stop by the Adventure Center and East Lagoon to join the Outdoor Adventures staff in kicking off this year’s winter season! Bring your friends and try out a variety of activities including ice skating, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing equipment for no cost.  No registration required stop by anytime between 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Date and time(s): Tues, Jan. 26, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

Crate Climb at NIU Student Recreation Center

Free Rock Sports

Stop by the Rec Center to experience what crate climbing is all about.  This challenging activity involves stacking and scaling crates as high as you can.  You are suited in a harness and belayed by an experienced Outdoor Adventure Leader.  How high can you climb without the crate tower toppling over?  Find out more about the Outdoor Adventures at these free special events.  There is a prize for the highest climber.

Date and time(s): Tues, Feb 2, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Date and time(s): Tues, April 5, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Weekly Bike Ride with Outdoor Adventures 

Free Bike

Outdoor Adventures will be hosting free weekly bike rides again this spring. Come hang out with our awesome staff and meet some awesome new people! This ride is for all skill levels.  Don’t have a bike?  The Adventure Center will loan you one of their rental Trek mountain bikes (first come, first serve).  Come out for to find out about the local bike trails or come for a fun workout. No registration required. Meet at the Adventure Center by 5:00 p.m. 

Date and time(s): Thursdays, starting Mar. 24 to May 5, the group ride departs at 5:00 p.m. 

Canoe Battleship at NIU’s Gabel Hall Pool

Free Water

Campus Recreation presents Canoe Battleship! The object of this exciting game is simple – sink your opponents’ canoes before yours goes under. Grab some friends, gather your buckets and shields, and let the games begin! For more information on teams and how to play, click here.

Date and time(s): Tues, April 19, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Earth Day Upcycle at the Student Recreation Center


“One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!” Channel your inner Pinterest user or Etsy finder as you join us for an afternoon of crafting to celebrate Earth Day 2016! We’ll use various objects you can find around your home or in your recycling bin to create new treasures. More details on the possible projects posted sooner closer to the event.  Supplies, snacks, and drinks provided.

NIU Students Register Here

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date and time(s): Fri, April 22, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Volunteer Event at Afton Forest Preserve / DeKalb, IL 

Free Volunteer

Spend the afternoon giving back by volunteering with the DeKalb Forest Preserve. This is a great opportunity to help and learn about local prairie restoration efforts! Transportation can be provided for up to 12 participants. If driving yourself you are welcome to meet at the location around 1:15 p.m. 

NIU Students Register Here

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date and time(s): Sat, April 23, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.