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

Extended Trips

Trip Planning Guide:

Bike Camp Free Hike Rock Snow Sports Volunteer Water 


Alternative Spring Break - Forest Trailwork near Dalton, GA

Camp Hike Volunteer

Spend your spring break week in the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest! You’ll be helping to restore trails throughout this scenic area. This trip is a good fit for anyone who wants to get outdoors and spend time working on various projects that require no special skills or experience. The volunteer project is coordinated by the Conasauga Ranger District Trail Crew in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

You get to work alongside National Forest staff on various projects including hauling gravel with wheelbarrows on the trail to build checkdams to slow water down and prevent soil erosion.  This section of trail has a rock wall built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and you will help protect this historical resource.  Other projects include installing signs, painting, general trail maintenance, and rehabilitating campsites (raking/leveling sites, re-setting fire grills, and installing posts). Enjoy your evenings in a heated cabin, amenities include a full kitchen and shower.  This trip provides a unique way to give back and volunteer while spending time with your friends and making memories. Transportation will be provided via university vans by Outdoor Adventures. Included in your registration cost is transportation, leadership, all meals, lodging, and equipment.  

Trip Level: 1

NIU Students Register Here

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Saturday, 3/7 8:00 a.m. – Saturday, 3/14 10:00 p.m.

Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $275.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $300.00 by 2/20
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $300.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $325.00 by 3/4

Info Meeting: Tuesday, February 3 and Thursday, February 5 at 4:30 p.m. in the Rec Center Conference Room

Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: Wednesday, March 4 at 9:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Meeting Room

“I am very happy with this Spring Break trip. The leaders did an amazing job keeping the group on task and focused, but having fun in between it all. I’m really happy I chose to do this with my Spring Break.” - Spring Break Trip Participant

“I enjoyed being so close to nature and learning many hiking things like using flint to setup fire, setting up campground, learned to cook variety of desserts. Every place I visited was awesome and the trip leaders are very very very friendly and cooperative. I am pretty sure if these guys weren’t here with us, it wouldn’t have been this great. This was awesome.” - Spring Break Trip Participant


Backpacking and Touring Yosemite National Park, CA

Camp Hike 

To the west, we go! Join Outdoor Adventures for an amazing opportunity! Spend the week exploring Yosemite National Park on day hikes and overnight backpacking. This park boasts some of the nation’s most breathtaking views and scenery. You don’t want to miss this trip!  Transportation to/from San Jose or San Francisco airport, meals, park permits/camping, and equipment is included in registration cost.  More details to come when permits are approved. 

Space is first-come, first serve basis. A non-refundable deposit (1/4 of total trip cost) is required to secure your spot. 

Trip Level: 2

NIU Students Register Here    

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Sunday, 7/12 7:00 a.m. – Sunday, 7/19 10:00 p.m.

Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $300.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $350.00 by 4/17
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $350.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $400.00 by 4/29

Information Night(s): Tuesday, March 24 and Monday, March 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the Rec Center Conference Room

Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: Friday, 5/1 at 5:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Meeting Room


Canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, MN 

Camp Hike Water

Join us on one of our favorite trips! Spend a relaxing week in the woods filled with canoeing picturesque lakes, camping in the woods, and great company. This is a great way to relax and unwind before the start of the fall semester. Transportation, meals, equipment, and park permits are included in registration cost.

Space is first-come, first serve basis. A non-refundable deposit (1/4 of total trip cost) is required to secure your spot. 

Trip Level: 2

NIU Students Register Here

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Tuesday 8/11, 7:00 a.m. – Sunday 8/16, 10:00 p.m.

Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $200.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $225.00 by 7/15
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $225.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $250.00 by 8/2

Information Night(s): Tuesday, March 24 and Monday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the Rec Center Conference Room

Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: Sunday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Meeting Room


Backpacking in the Porcupine Mountains, MI

Camp Hike 

Spend the week camping and backpacking through some of the most scenic trails in this part of the country! The Porcupine Mountain Wilderness area is home to numerous beautiful waterfalls, flowing rivers, and undisturbed beaches in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula along the shore of Lake Superior. Transportation, meals, equipment, and park permits are included in registration cost.

Space is first-come, first serve basis. A non-refundable deposit (1/4 of total trip cost) is required to secure your spot. 

Trip Level: 2

NIU Students Register Here

Faculty/Staff/Community Register Here

Date(s) and time(s): Tuesday 8/11, 7:00 a.m. – Sunday, 8/16 10:00 p.m.

Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $200.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $225.00 by 7/15
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $225.00/ Faculty/Staff/Community $250.00 by 8/2

Information Night(s): Tuesday, March 24 and Monday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the Rec Center Conference Room

Mandatory Pre-trip meeting: Sunday, August 2 at 4:00 p.m. in the Rec Center Meeting Room