Outdoor Adventures

Upcoming Events

Outdoor Adventures: Free! Weekly Wednesday Crate Climbs

Free! Weekly Wednesday Crate Climb at the Student Recreation Center / DeKalb, IL Bring your friends, club, or org, and get competitive! Stop by the Rec...

Gather in the Gardens

A welcome back to campus event encouraging you to come and check out your NIU Communiversity Gardens Take a tour, volunteer with the weekly harvest, and...

Swap Don't Shop

Are you on a budget? Need new clothes? Looking to clean out your closet? This event gives you the opportunity to get clothes FOR FREE! All we ask is that you...

Outdoor Adventures: Down & Dirty Caving Trip

Down & Dirty Caving at Maquoketa Caves State Park / Maquoketa, IA Let’s get down and dirty! Explore the caves on your hands and knees in the Raccoon Creek...

Outdoor Adventures: Free! Full Moon Night Hike

FREE! Full Moon Night Hike at Sycamore Forest Preserve / Sycamore, IL Guided by the moonlight during the Harvest Moon, explore the nighttime woods and learn...

Outdoor Adventures: Free! Learn to Paddle Clinic

FREE! Learn to Paddle Clinic / East Lagoon, DeKalb, IL Learn to canoe, kayak, or standup paddle on NIU’s East Lagoon. Each lesson lasts on hour, during...

Clean the Kish

“Clean the Kish” on the Kishwaukee River / DeKalb, IL Join NIU Outdoor Adventures and the DeKalb Park District to help clean trash out of our community...

Outdoor Adventures: Learn How: Camping Basics Workshop

Learn How: Camping Basics Workshop FREE! Join Outdoor Adventures staff for a hands-on lesson on tent camping. Learn about gear selection, tips on campsite...

Outdoor Adventures: SUP and Camp on the Rock River

SUP and Camp on the Rock River / Oregon, IL NEW! Standup paddling is a growing popular paddle sport. Learn new skills with our relaxing single-night...

Outdoor Adventures: Rock Climbing Trip

Rock Climbing at Mississippi Palisades State Park / Savanna, IL Climbing? Climb on! Head west till you reach the big ‘ol Miss and spend the day outdoor...

Camp on Campus

Camp on Campus Friday, Oct. 4 – Saturday, Oct 5 Connect, learn, and recreate with Outdoor Adventures this fall during Family Weekend! How does this sound:...

Disc Golf Tournament

Disc Golf Tournament Play on a temporary 9-hole course set up by the DeKalb County Disc Golf Club at NIU's campus specific location to be determined. Choose...

Outdoor Adventures: Paddle the Kish

Paddle the Kish Paddle a 4-mile section of the Kishwaukee River from Genoa to Kingston, water levels will dictate the type of watercraft options available...

Outdoor Adventures: Camp and Climb

Camp and Climb / Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, WI Head up north to one of Wisconsin’s largest and most visited state park, Devil’s Lake. Here you will...

Outdoor Adventures: Free! Full Moon Night Hike

Full Moon Night Hike at Prairie Park / DeKalb, IL Guided by the moonlight explore the nighttime woods and learn about nocturnal critters and enjoy other fun...

Outdoor Adventures: Day Kayaking on the Rock River

Day Kayaking on the Rock River / Oregon, IL Join us on a 6+ mile paddle on the Rock River starting from Castle Rock to John Deere Park. Picnic lunch,...

Outdoor Adventures: Day Hike at Starved Rock

Day Hike at Starved Rock State Park / Oglesby IL Spend the day hiking through Starved Rock, one of Illinois best known state parks. Explore canyons,...

Outdoor Adventures: Learn How: SUP Yoga Workshop

Learn How: SUP Yoga Workshop at Huntley Middle School / DeKalb, IL Come experience standup paddleboard and practice yoga on the board in the pool. SUP is a...

Outdoor Adventures: Learn How to Belay Workshop

Learn How: Belay Workshop FREE! Join Outdoor Adventures staff for a hands-on lesson on how to safely belay. Learn about rock climbing equipment, how to...

Outdoor Adventures: Learn How to Kayak Workshop

Learn How: Kayak Pool Workshop at Clinton Rosette Middle School / DeKalb, IL This workshop will introduce you to basic kayaking skills, blending skill...