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Outdoor Adventures

For over 30 years, Outdoor Adventures (OA) has been providing outdoor experiences to the NIU community which includes students, faculty, staff and the general public.

We believe the outdoors has something to offer everyone. We welcome you to visit our rental center, peruse our resources and get involved. Subscribe to our mailing list.

Trip Financial Assistance is now available

If you would love to experience an outdoor adventure but the expense is your only barrier, we are now accepting scholarship applications. The maximum assitance available is 50% of the trip cost. Pick your adventure, then fill out this form.

Alternative Spring Break, Dalton, GA 3/10-17/18

Spend your spring break doing something good for the planet. Join us as NIU OA returns to volunteer with the U.S. Forest Service in the Chattahoochee National Forest and spend a week working together with your friends and Outdoor Adventure leaders while learning about this scenic area. Our impact makes a difference in making this area more accessible for visitors allowing for a better experience of the natural world. Included in the registration fee is transportation, leadership, all meals and equipment. 

Find out more details at the Info Meeting: Mon, Jan 29 or Tues, Feb 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the Rec Center

Date(s) and time(s): Sat, March 10, 8:00 a.m. – Sat, March 17 8:00 p.m.
Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $275, Faculty/Staff/Community $325 by Feb. 18

Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $325, Faculty/Staff/Community $375.00 by March 5

NIU Students Sign Up

Faculty/Staff/Community Sign Up

Mandatory Pretrip Meeting: Monday, March 5 at 5:00 p.m. in the Rec Center


For more information please contact Christine Lagattolla, Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventures at 815-753-9422 or