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

Weekend Trips

Trip Planning Guide:

Bike Camp Free Hike Rock Snow Sports Volunteer Water 
 


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

One of our most popular trips! Camp, climb, and hike Wisconsin’s finest state parks.  Join us as we travel to Devil’s Lake near the Wisconsin Dells for a weekend chock full of activity as well as relaxation.  Imagine a massive all natural lake surrounded by monolithic cliffs of heights up to 400 feet…breathtaking! Devil’s Lake is known for its towering quartzite cliffs, awesome top roping, and excellent hiking trails.  All climbers from beginner to experienced are welcome. Our trained and experienced trip leaders will lead you through ground school where you will learn important knots and safety protocol before climbing. We will depart early Saturday morning and spend the day hiking  and climbing while taking in scenic lake views from the top of incredible climbs. The weekend includes options to climb, swim, hike, or hang out. Included in the registration fees are leadership, transportation, equipment (rock climbing and camping), all meals, and park permits.

Trip Level: 1

NIU Students Register Here
Faculty, Staff and Community Register Here 

Date(s) and Time(s): 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21

Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $50.00 / Faculty, Staff and Community $60.00 by Sept. 10
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $60.00 / Faculty, Staff and Community $70.00 by Sept. 18

Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: Wednesday, Sept 15 at 9:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Conference Room

“This trip enhanced college experience by revitalizing the belief that college does not have to be all about studying and class. There are opportunities to learn real life team-building skills through programs like outdoor adventure. I learned so much new technical information about climber safety with an enjoyable group. Great trip!” Camp and Climb Trip Participant


Camping Retreat to Kettle Moraine State Park in Eagle, WI

Camp Hike

Take some time away to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Kettle Moraine has more than 22,000 acres of glacial hills, kettles, lakes, prairie restoration sites, pinewood and hardwood forests making this park is one of our favorite camping spots.  There is more than 160 miles of trails with varying difficulty that make this a great opportunity to explore nature.  The weekend includes options to hike, swim, and hang out. Included in the registration fees are leadership, transportation, camping equipment, all meals, and park permits.

Trip Level: 1

NIU Students Register Here      

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and Time(s): 5:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19

Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $60.00 / Faculty, Staff and Community $70.00 by Oct. 1
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $70.00 / Faculty, Staff and Community $80.00 by Oct. 15

Mandatory Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 9:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Conference Room


Climbing Weekend at Jackson Falls in southern Illinois

Camp Rock Hike

This is a great weekend to be grateful for the wonderful places to recreate.  Join us for the Thanksgiving break as we travel down to the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois for some climbing, camping, and exploring.  This location sports some of the best climbing routes in the area and has beautiful scenery and great atmosphere to enjoy nature.   The registration includes leadership, climbing and camping equipment, transportation, and all meals.

Trip Level: 1

NIU Students Register Here      

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and Time(s): 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30

Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $100.00 / Faculty, Staff and Community $125.00 by Nov. 5
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $125.00 / Faculty, Staff and Community $125.00 by Nov. 21

Mandatory Pre-trip meeting: Monday, Nov. 24 at 9:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Conference Room