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

Trip and Team Manager
Melissa Anderson

Rentals Student Manager
Tyler Pellegrini

Extended Trips

Trip Planning Guide:

Bike Camp Free Hike Rock Snow Sports Volunteer Water 

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

Min/Max Participants: 6/8

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

Snowboard or Ski / Colorado 


Outdoor Adventures is planning an epic winter break trip to Colorado!  We are working with Lifestylez a company that puts together ski and snowboarding tour packages and will have the dates finalized by the end of August.  To receive transportation to and from Colorado and optional snowboard rental (first come first serve) you can register with Outdoor Adventures, however the payment for the package will go through Lifestylez. The additional price is estimated around $500 for the 4-day lift ticket and 6-day lodge package. The info will be added as soon as it is finalized.  Contact us with any questions at

Trip Level: 2

NIU Students Register Here

Date(s) and Time(s): Early January TBD

Early transportation cost and deadline: NIU Student $175.00 by Oct. 15