Adventure Trips

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Adventure Center 

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
Closed

* The Adventure Center is closed during University closures and closures of the Student Recreation Center

Contact Information

The Adventure Center
815-753-9423

Assistant Director
Christine Lagattolla
clagattolla@niu.edu
815-753-9422

Student Managers 

Daria Porter- Gear Rentals 

dporter5@niu.edu

815-753-9423

Sarah Honda - Team Building
shonda1@niu.edu
815-753-9423

Day Trips

Trip Planning Guide:



Bike Camp Free Hike Rock Snow Sport Volunteer Water  



Eagle Festival at Starved Rock State Park, IL 

Hike

Spend the day at Starved Rock, one of Illinois best known state parks, looking for and learning about eagles and related topic presentations. Illinois is second only to Alaska for eagle watching and many are spotted at the deck of the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, near the Illinois River dam, and from atop of Starved Rock.   Outdoor Adventures will provide transportation and picnic lunch.  The schedule of the festival’s events can be found at http://illinoisaudubon.org/PROGRAMSEVENTS/BaldEagleWatchWeekend.html

Trip Level: 1

NIU Students Register Here

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Saturday, 1/24 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $20.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $25.00 by 1/16
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $25.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $30.00 by 1/22


Moonlight Snowshoe at Afton Forest Preserve

Hike Snow

Take a snowshoe hike under the glow of a full moon at Afton Forest Preserve. Outdoor Adventures will provide snowshoes, leadership, hot cocoa, and transportation. This trip is a great way to get acquainted a local resource and meet new people with similar interest for the outdoors.

Trip Level: 1

NIU Students Register Here

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Tuesday, 2/3 8:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.

Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $10.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $15.00 by 1/23
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $15.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $20.00 by 2/2


Beginner Snowboard at Lake Carroll Ski Hill in Lanark, IL 

 Snow

Have you ever wanted to try snowboarding? Outdoor Adventure Trip Leaders are ready to teach and introduce you to the sport at this perfect beginner hill. There is nothing intimidating about this trip, you can take your time and learn the ropes at your own pace. The hill produces snow but if the weather does not permit, the trip can be rescheduled.  Transportation, lift ticket, instruction, and snowboard equipment (first-come first-serve equipment and sizing) is included. Hot cocoa and snacks will also be provided, but lunch is not included.  Don’t miss out on a chance to learn how to snowboard for a fair price tag! 

Trip Level: 1

NIU Students Register Here 

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Saturday 2/7, 9:00am-5:00pm
Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $25.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $30.00 by 1/30
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $30.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $35.00 by 2/5

 

“The trip was great! I was apprehensive in the beginning but through the staff teaching, I felt I learned quickly and the trip was a success! I definitely feel that I grew as a person and within my outdoor experience.” Snowboarding Trip Participant


Snowshoe at Lowden Miller State Forest in Oregon, IL 

Hike Snow

Spend the day snowshoeing at Lowden Miller State Forest with Outdoor Adventures! Lowden Miller State Forest has 22 miles of scenic trails along the Rock River, near Oregon, Illinois. Whether it’s your first time on snowshoes or you’re a seasoned veteran, experience a unique way to hike around and explore nature while it’s beautifully covered in snow. Registration includes transportation, instruction, snowshoes, and lunch.

Trip Level: 1

NIU Students Register Here      

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Sunday, 2/8 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $20.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $25.00 by 1/30
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $25.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $30.00 by 2/5


Ski or Snowboard at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, IL 

Snow

Join Outdoor Adventures for an evening of shredding on the area’s finest corduroy slopes under the lights.  Fellowship and gnarr await you! The resort produces snow but if the weather does not permit, the trip can be rescheduled. The registration fee includes lift ticket ($25), transportation, instruction and snowboard equipment (first-come first-serve equipment and sizing). You are welcome to bring your own equipment as well.  Ski or snowboard at Chestnut is an additional $20. Hot cocoa and snacks will also be provided. Dinner is not included in the registration cost. 

Trip Level: 2

NIU Students Register Here      

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Friday, 2/13 1:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $40.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $50.00 by 2/6
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $50.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $60.00 by 2/12


“It was an amazing experience”, “Networked and had an enjoyable time at the same time” Snowboarding Trip Participant


Cross Country Ski at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Darien, IL 

Snow

Join us for some fun in the snow! Whether you’ve cross country skied before or are interested in trying a great winter activity, this day trip is for you. Instruction will be provided for beginners by Outdoor Adventure staff. Registration includes transportation, instruction, cross country ski package (boots, skis, and poles) and lunch.

Trip Level: 1

NIU Students Register Here      

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Sunday, 2/15 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $20.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $25.00 by 2/6
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $25.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $30.00 by 2/12


Kayak Pool Clinic at NIU's Gabel Hall Pool

Water

This workshop will introduce you to basic kayaking skills, blending skill instruction with practice. During the 2-hour clinic you will learn how to fit a boat, wet-exit, reentry and rescue techniques as well as paddle strokes and bracing. Beginners and first timers are welcome.  Included in the registration fee is equipment (kayak, paddle, PFD) and hands-on instruction with a student Instructor.

Trip Level: 1

NIU Students Register Here      

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Tuesday, 2/17 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $15.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $20.00 by 2/6

Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $20.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $25.00 by 2/16

 

NIU Students Register Here      

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Monday, 2/23 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $15.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $20.00 by 2/13
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $20.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $25.00 by 2/22


“I learned how to wet exit in the kayak which gives me more confidence in kayaking out in the real world.”  Kayak Pool Participant

                                                      


Day Hike at Starved Rock State Park 

Hike 

Spend the day hiking through Starved Rock, one of Illinois best known state parks. Explore canyons, waterfalls, miles of scenic trails along the Illinois River, and learn about the rich history in this part of our state. Transportation and lunch will be provided by Outdoor Adventures.

Trip Level: 1

NIU Students Register Here      

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Sunday 4/12, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $20.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $25.00 by 4/3
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $25.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $30.00 by 4/5


Day Climb at Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo, WI  

Rock Hike

Climbing? Climb on! Head up to Devil’s Lake State park and spend the day climbing with Outdoor Adventures. Devil’s Lake has some of the best climbing not only in the area, but in the country! Enjoy a day of climbing and gorgeous scenery. Basic instruction will be provided for beginning climbers by our staff. Registration includes climbing equipment (harness and shoes), as well as transportation and lunch.

Trip Level: 1

NIU Students Register Here      

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Saturday 4/25, 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $30.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $40.00 by 4/12
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $40.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $50.00 by 4/23

 


Yoga Hike at Shabbona Lake State Park in Shabbona, IL  

Hike Sport

Enjoy a break from your studies with a lot of relaxation.   We will be hiking at Shabbona Lake State Park and practicing yoga in a scenic open space.  Christine Lagattolla, an NIU group fitness instructor and certified yoga teacher will be guiding you through a nature inspired sequence and restorative session.  A nutritious vegetarian lunch, instruction, yoga mat (if needed), and transportation is included.

Trip Level: 1

NIU Students Register Here

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Friday 5/1, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $20.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $25.00 by 4/17
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $25.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $30.00 by 4/29