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

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

Trip Leader Student Manager
Justin Wiewora
jwiewora1@niu.edu
815-753-9423

Student Manager of Gear Rentals
Jessica Wind
jwind1@niu.edu
815-753-9423

Student Manager of Team Facilitation
Daria Porter
dporter5@niu.edu
815-753-9423

Day Trips


Indoor Climbing at Vertical Endeavors / Glendale Heights, IL

Have you ever wanted to try rock climbing? Climbing is a great workout. The newest Vertical Endeavors facility is largest rock climbing gyms in the United States! This incredible gym offers more than 44,000 square feet of climbing surface. It includes bouldering areas, auto-belays, top ropes, and lead climbing. This trip has something for everyone from first-timers to experienced climbers. Included in the registration fee are leadership, equipment (harness and climbing shoes), transportation, and gym entry fee.  

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

Min/Max Participants: 6/12


NIU Students Register Here

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date and time(s): Mondays, September 5, October 3 and November 7, 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Registration cost: NIU Student $20.00, Faculty/Staff/Community $25.00


Kayak Pool Workshop at NIU Gabel Hall Pool

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. (Min 3: Max 6)

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

NIU Students Register Here

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here 

Date and time(s): Tuesday, October 18

Registration cost: NIU Students $15.00, Faculty/Staff/Community $20.00

NIU Students Register Here 

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date and time(s): Tuesday, November 22

Registration cost: NIU Students $15.00, Faculty/Staff/Community $20.00