NIU Lorado Taft Field Campus

Located just outside the city of Oregon, Illinois, the Taft Campus has a rich history. During the summer of 1898, the noted American sculptor Lorado Taft and a small group of artists, architects and scholars came to the estate of Wallace Heckman, an idyllic property located on a wooded bluff overlooking the Rock River.

1414 North River Road, Oregon, IL

Place Type

Off Campus


(815) 732-2111


Upcoming Events

Early Morning Birding

This bird hike is for those who like to get up early to catch birds at first light. We will be walking through the Taft Trails to I.D. any of the morning...

12/5, 8 AM
Cross Country Skiing

Are you and your family or friends looking for something fun to do outside that also keeps you warm? Cross country skiing is a great way to get outdoors...

12/5, 11 AM
Lorado Taft History Tour

Learn about how Lorado Taft and other Chicago artists started an art colony here as you take a tour of our campus. See the historical buildings and art left...

12/6, 11 AM
Wooden Spoon Making

Want to learn how to do some basic wood working? During this class, we will teach you about some of the basic tools to make your very own wooden spoon! No...

12/6, 1:30 PM
Nature Tot Time

During this program we will head outdoors for nature discovery time. Bring out your tot’s wild side by spending some time with us in the forest! This...

12/7, 9 AM

Recent Events

Fire Building Class


Parents' Night out


Pioneer Life


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NIU Lorado Taft Field Campus

NIU Lorado Taft Field Campus posted a photo 10/6/2017