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

Special Events

Trip Planning Guide:

Bike Camp Free Hike Rock Snow Sports Volunteer Water 


Winter Wonderland

Free Snow Sports

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.  

Date(s) and time(s): Tuesday, 1/27 5:00pm-9:00pm

NIU Students Register Here      

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here


Crate Climb at NIU Student Recreation Center Court 1

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 up 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 Adventure program at this free special event. 

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

Date and time(s): Wednesday, 4/8 5:00 – 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.

Date and time: Thursdays (Mar 19 – April 30), the group ride departs at 4:30 p.m. 




Outdoor Tips and Tricks Clinic

Free

Feeling a little rusty when it comes to the great outdoors? Stop by the Adventure Center and attend our tips and tricks clinic to polish up your skills or learn some new ones!  Submit your suggestions of what to cover to outdooradventure@niu.edu.  

Date(s) and time(s): Tuesday, 4/14 4:45 p.m. -5:45 p.m.

NIU Students Register Here     

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here




Earth Day Cleanup and Picnic

Free Volunteer Sports Water

Celebrate Earth Day with Outdoor Adventures this year! Join other earth savvy friends to clean up the East Lagoon.  You may have the opportunity to paddle around the East Lagoon.  Enjoy a vegetarian potluck hosted by the NIU Veg Club and other learning opportunities programs with environmental student organizations. More details to come!

Date(s) and time(s): Wednesday, 4/22 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

NIU Students Register Here      

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here


Volunteer Event with the DeKalb Country Forest Preserve District

Free Volunteer

Spend the day giving back to the community volunteering at Afton Forest Preserve. This is a great opportunity to help and learn about prairie restoration efforts.  Transportation is provided.  Please register by 4/24.

Date(s) and time(s): Sunday, 4/26 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

NIU Students Register Here      

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here