Outdoor Adventures
crate climbing

Weekly Crate Climbs at the Rec Center / DeKalb, IL Experience what crate climbing is all about. This challenging activity involves stacking and scaling...

ice skating

1/26/23 Update: We are making the call that the ice will not be ready for skating quite yet and cancelled ice skate night on 1/27. Our goal is to open on...

ice skate

Ice Skate Trip, Millenium Park, Chicago, IL The best way to enjoy winter in the Midwest is with a trip to a beloved seasonal ice rink in Chicago. Join us...

rain forest

Travel with us on this two-week adventure via train to backpack and explore all the biomes of Olympic National Park. Covering nearly one million acres in the...

winter hiking

Spend the day on a wintry adventure hiking around Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks. Experience canyons, waterfalls, and miles of scenic trails along...

hand on climbing hold

Learn everything you need to know about bouldering. Learn about techniques and the types of gear you need to get started. It's a great way to learn some...

paddleboarding

Learn everything you need to enjoy standup paddleboarding (SUP) in the pool. SUP is a fun activity that can challenge your balance and invigorate your core....

tie dye shirts

Tie-Dye at the Rec Center / DeKalb, IL Take some time to do something creative and fun! Stop by, grab a shirt, choose a design and colors, and tie-dye...

kayak pool

Whether you have kayaked multiple times or have never kayaked before, this workshop will provide essential skills for you to use in your future water...

Mitch working on a bike outside the Adventure Center

Having bike troubles? Stop by and see what we can do to help you out and get you rolling again. Basic services and advice provided including tire change,...

geocache

Go on a modern-day treasure hunt when you join us for this geocache trip. Learn some basic land navigation skills while you hunt for treasure. You will get...

full moon

Join us for a special opportunity to kayak on a full moonlight night on the East Lagoon. Included in registration is boat rental, PFD, paddle, and...

boats on rack at lagoon

Get out and enjoy on-site, hourly rentals at the East Lagoon Wednesdays throughout the semester. It's an easy process — just sign up for a rental time...

backpacking

Beginner Backpack at Yellow River State Forest, IA Need an escape from your daily routine? This weekend is for you! Join us backpacking and exploring the...

caver in rock

Camp and Cave at Maquoketa Caves State Park / Maquoketa, IA. Let’s get down and dirty! Explore the caves and enjoy the wonders of the park, located in the...

Let's Watch the Stars

Lyrids Stargazing Night at Afton Forest Preserve / DeKalb, IL Our expert astrophysicist Ph.D. student staff member will educate and guide us on how to use...

climber

Camp and Climb at Mississippi Palisades / Savanna, IL One of our most popular trips! Camp, climb, and hike at the Palisades. Join us as we travel to the...

horseback riding

Join us for a trip to the Rock River Valley. We will hike and explore White Pines Forest State Park as well as take a horseback trail ride at White Pines...

yoga outside

Mindful Nature Yoga at the West Lagoon / DeKalb, IL Breathe in... breathe out.... Join Outdoor Adventures at the West Lagoon and experience yoga outdoors...

campfire

Join NIU Outdoor Adventures for a Friday night campfire to end the school year with excitement and fiery passion! A campfire is a favorite symbolic element...

kayaking

Paddling on the scenic Chicago River is a whole new way to experience the amazing architecture of downtown Chi-Town! The paddle is over 8 miles roundtrip...

rain forest

Travel with us on this two-week adventure via train to backpack and explore all the biomes of Olympic National Park. Covering nearly one million acres in...

Let's Watch the Stars

Delta Aquarids Stargazing Night at Afton Forest Preserve / DeKalb, IL Our expert astrophysicist Ph.D. student staff member will educate and guide us on how...