For over 25 years, Outdoor Adventures (OA) has been providing outdoor experiences to the Northern Illinois University community which includes students, faculty, staff and the general public.
We believe the outdoors has something to offer everyone. We welcome you to visit our rental center, peruse our resources, and get involved.
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The East Lagoon is currently CLOSED to ice skating.
Outdoor Adventure trips aim to provide a variety of enjoyable and affordable positive experiences from clinics to lengthy expeditions. Trips are designed to be fun, yet educational, and allow individuals and groups to learn the skills necessary to enjoy the outdoors. Our trips promote responsible stewardship of the environment and natural resources. If you have a group of friends or organization looking for an adventure, see our custom trips tab and tailor make an adventure suitable for your group. Join the Outdoor Adventures staff for an experience of a lifetime!
Spring 2017 Event Schedule
|Date(s)||Activity or Trip||Location|
|Wednesday, 1/18||S'mores Open House||Adventure Center|
|Tuesday, 1/24||Winter Wonderland||Adventure Center|
|Wednesday, 2/1||Indoor Climb||Vertical Endeavors|
|Tuesday, 2/7||Kayak Pool Clinic||NIU Gabel Hall Pool|
|Saturday, 2/11||Beginner Snowboard||Lake Carroll|
|Friday, 2/17||Ski/Snowboard||Chestnut Mountain|
|Tuesday, 2/21||Evening Hike||Afton Forest Preserve|
|Monday, 2/27||Crate Climb||Rec Center Court 4|
|Monday, 3/6||Indoor Climb||Vertical Endeavors|
|Saturday, 3/11 - Saturday, 3/18||Alternative Spring Break||Dalton, GA|
|Tuesday, 3/21||Kayak Pool||NIU Gabel Hall Pool|
|Wednesdays starting 3/22||Weekly Bike Ride||Adventure Center|
|Monday, 4/3||Indoor Climb||Vertical Endeavors|
|Friday, 4/7 - Sunday, 4/9||Backpacking||Kettle Moraine Forest, WI|
|Monday, 4/17||Crate Climb||Rec Center Court 4|
|Saturday, 4/22||Day Cave||Maquoketa Caves, IA|
|Sunday, 4/23||Day Hike||Midwein National Tallgrass Prairie|
|Saturday, 4/29||Paddle and Pedal||Fox River|
|Monday, 5/5||Indoor Climb||Vertical Endeavors|
|Monday, 5/15 - Sunday, 5/21||Canoeing||Boundary Waters, MN|
Sign up early for any of our scheduled trips and save money. To help plan our trips, we like to know you are coming. We offer early bird discounts for participants who are willing to commit in advance. For more information about registration and our cancellation polices, see our registration information page.
The 3-tiered rating system is to help ensure safety on trips by assisting participants to decide if they are ready and capable for specific trips. The following are general descriptions of the 3 levels and may be applied differently depending on the activities and trips.
Level 1 - Moderate physical conditioning is necessary, experience and technical knowledge is not required.
Level 2 – Average physical conditioning is necessary, some experience and technical knowledge is required.
Level 3 - Good physical conditioning is required, specific experience is required, and technical proficiency is highly recommended.
N/A – This activity requires low levels of physical conditioning and no specific experience is necessary, technical skills are not necessary.
We have everything you need to jumpstart your outdoor adventure trip or excursion!
Our staff can assist you with gear rental:
All gear rentals are subject to Outdoor Gear Rental Rules and Policies.
The Adventure Center staff is knowledgeable about the outdoor opportunities available in the northern Illinois area, as well as outdoor skills. The staff can help plan and organize trips and adventures for any occasion. The Adventure Center is also the meeting and registration location for organized adventure trips, workshops, and pre-trip meetings.
Information on local parks and an assortment of books and videos focusing on various activities including canoeing, spelunking, backpacking, equipment repair, and skills as well as destination guides and maps, are free to view or borrow at no charge.
Develop your group through dynamic experiences!
The Outdoor Adventure program invites your group to participate in a teambuilding workshop or custom trip.
Opportunities are available for all types of groups not only NIU organizations, but also the general public.
Create your own custom workshop from a wide variety of activity options. Build personal and interpersonal skills while experiencing a new teambuilding initiative or an adventure sport, such as rock climbing.
Why NIU Outdoor Adventures?
- Help enhance relationships
- Learn leadership and outdoor skills
- Work toward accomplishing goals
- Share experiences that last a lifetime
Through a custom trip with Outdoor Adventures, our staff will help plan and take your group on a day long or overnight adventure trip. Our custom trips provide your group with the opportunity to learn new leadership and outdoors skills in a unique setting, outside of the classroom, on, or even away from campus.
Prices vary depending on type of activity, length of trip, and size of your group. Trips typically run between $15-$50 per person.
You will be contacted with more information and a quote within a few days of submitting your Custom Trip Request Form.
- Group and individual gear
- Knowledgeable and trained staff
Custom Event Trip Menu
Various activities to start planning your next group adventure!
- Environmental Ethics
- Leave No Trace
- Outdoor Cooking/Meal Planning
- Outdoor Skills
A teambuilding workshop is your simple solution for a local group function. Our facilitators can arrange to host a workshop for your group at a campus facility, indoors or out at no additional cost. We can also travel to your on-site location.
A typical workshop includes opening activities followed by engaging initiatives focused on your goals and closing with meaningful reflection.
Check out this list of team building activities to get started with planning your workshop.
Or choose from other fun events such as:
- Chopped Challenge
- Crate Climbing
- Adventure Race
- Visit the Custom Trip tab for more information about all the great opportunities for your group
Teambuilding Workshop Rates
|NIU Affiliate Rates||up to 15||up to 50||up to 100|
|Base cost (1 hr min)||$50||$100||$200|
|Additional per hour||$25||$50||$75|
|Non-NIU Affiliate Rates||up to 15||up to 50||up to 100|
|Base cost (1 hr min)||$75||$150||$300|
|Additional per hour||$50||$75||$100|
Complete a Workshop Request Form today!
Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventures
Student Manager of Team Facilitation
Student Manager of Trips
Student Manager of Gear Rentals
Trip Leader & Rental Attendant
Trip Leader & Rental Attendant
Team Facilitator & Rental Attendant