Outdoor Adventures

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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

Team Manager
Maurice Jackson
mjackson8@niu.edu
815-753-9423

Rentals Student Manager
Tyler Pellegrini
tpellegrini1@niu.edu
815-753-9423

Extended Trips


Alternative Spring Break Trip – Volunteer Trail Work / Conasauga Ranger District, GA

Join us as NIU returns for the fourth time to volunteer with the U.S. Forest Service in Chattahoochee National Forest. Spend a week working together with your friends and Outdoor Adventure leaders while learning about this scenic area.

There are two different options this year, one is staying in a forest cabin and transporting to and from the worksite each day. The other is camping in tents and transporting to the worksite each day.  More details to come about the specific work activities. Included in the registration fee is transportation, leadership, all meals, backpacking equipment and/or camping equipment. 

“Got the opportunity to help the US Forest Staff, Chattahoochee Forest was really beautiful, enjoyed every minute out there. I like how much we accomplished as a group. Working together in large numbers like that is rare, so doing it so successfully is quite the feat.” – 2015 Participant

“I was previously unaware of and have found a great appreciation for nature and especially for the forests of this area. Overall, I’m extremely satisfied with my choice to partake in this experience for spring break.” 2015 Participant

Max Participants: 6 Per Trip


Cabin Lodging Option

Trip Level 1 - Moderate physical conditioning is necessary, experience and technical knowledge is not required.

NIU Students Register Here

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Camping Option

Trip Level 2 – Average physical conditioning is necessary, some experience and technical knowledge is required.

NIU Students Register Here

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Sat, Mar. 12, 8:00 a.m. – Sat, Mar. 19 10:00 p.m.
Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $250.00, Faculty/Staff/Community $300.00 by Feb. 24

Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $300.00, Faculty/Staff/Community $350.00 by Mar. 9

Find out more at an info meeting: Mon, Feb 8 or Tues, Feb. 16 at 5:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Conference Room

Mandatory pre-trip meeting: Weds, Mar. 9 at 5:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Meeting Room


Southwest Adventure / Arizona and Utah National Park Tour

This trip will be one of the coolest things that you have ever done. This is an introductory multisport trip designed for beginners but will be very physically demanding. Planned activities include strenuous day hikes, a 3-day backpacking route, and rock climbing. We will also learn geology and experience the natural and the cultural histories of Arizona and Utah. The itinerary is dependent on available permits at the park which open for reservation months before the trip.  Planned stops include Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Paria Canyon/Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, and the Grand Canyon.  Check out this possible driving route. Come to an information meeting or check back for more details in mid-March.

UPDATE 3/10/16 We will no longer be planning to rock climb while on this adventure.  Check out this day by day itinerary and this presentation from the Info Meetings and let us know if you have any questions. 

Trip Level 2 – Average physical conditioning is necessary, some experience and technical knowledge is required.

Min/Max Participants: 6/7

Trip is currently full, please email outdooradventure@niu.edu if you would like to be added to a waiting list.

Date(s) and time(s): Sun, May 15 – Sat, May 28

Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $400.00, Faculty/Staff/Community $500.00 by Apr. 20
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $500.00, Faculty/Staff/Community $600.00 by May 4

At time of registration, you will pay half the trip cost for a deposit and the remaining balance before trip departure.

Mandatory pre-trip meetings: Weds, May 4 at 4:00 p.m. AND Weds, May 11 at 5:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Meeting Room


Red River Gorge Climbing Trip / Slade, KY

Take up a new sport and get out and explore why the Red River Gorge, nicknamed the Red, is a world premier rock climbing destination.  A huge canyon system in east-central Kentucky is home to an abundance of sandstone cliffs prefect for climbing.  We will visit a variety of climbing areas such as the PRMP (Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve) and the superbly maintained Muir Valley. We will be camping at the infamous Miguel’s Pizza the home for climber’s who frequent the area and killer food that doesn’t disappoint.    Included in registration is camping and climbing equipment, some meals, instruction, and transportation. 

Trip Level 2 – Average physical conditioning is necessary, some experience and technical knowledge is required.

Min/Max Participants: 6/10

NIU Students Register Here

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Sun, Jun 5, 8:00 a.m. – Thurs, Jun 9, 10:00 p.m.

Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $150.00, Faculty/Staff/Community, $200.00 by May 15
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $200.00, Faculty/Staff/Community $250.00 by Jun. 1

Info meeting(s): Tues, May 3 at 5:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Conference Room

Mandatory pre-trip meeting: Weds, Jun 1 at 5:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Meeting Room