Adventure Trips

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Adventure Center 

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday

* The Adventure Center is closed during University closures and closures of the Student Recreation Center

Contact Information

The Adventure Center

Assistant Director
Christine Lagattolla

Student Managers
Kyle Anderson - Adventure Trips

Taylor Hartman - Gear Rentals

Nathan Tripp - Team Building

Day Trips

Trip Planning Guide:

Bike Camp Free Hike Rock Snow Sport Volunteer Water  

Day Cave at Maquoketa Caves State Park, IA

Rock Hike

Let’s get down and dirty! Explore the caves on your hands and knees in the Raccoon Creek Valley of Iowa, located two hours west of DeKalb.  Beyond the astonishing caverns and crevasses, the park is home to a restored prairie and six miles of trails that access the 16 limestone caves.  Great sights include the “Natural Bridge”, the 17-ton “Balanced Rock”, the 1100’ “Dance hall Cave” and the infamous “Wye” cave. This trip is known to fill up fast so do not wait to sign up! Find out what makes Wye cave so infamous. Included in the registration fee are leadership, equipment (caving helmet, headlamp and elbow and knee pads), transportation, and lunch.

The trip is currently full.  If you would like to be added to the waiting list please email

Date(s) and time(s): Sunday, April 27 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $40 / Faculty, Staff and Community $50 by April 14
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $50 / Faculty, Staff and Community $60 by April 24

“This program enhanced my college experience by encouraging me to face my fears and accomplish goals with facing challenges head on and showing me anything can be accomplished with determination. Learning to trust others in tight spots and building good friendships.” Caving Trip Participant