NIU Outdoor Adventures Spring 2018 Adventure Guide

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NIU Outdoor Adventures Spring 2018 Adventure Guide

OUTDOOR

ADVENTURES

SPRING 2018 ADVENTURE GUIDE


ASSUMPTION OF RISK

Outdoor adventure has an inherent risk of injury or death.

Trips and activities are conducted with safety in mind; however, participants are also

responsible for their own safety.

Northern Illinois University, Recreation and Wellness Outdoor Adventures and its employees

assume no liability for damages that arise during or from participation in Outdoor Adventure

programs.

ACCOMMODATIONS

For disability-related accommodations, please contact Recreation and Wellness 815-753-0231.

Advance notice is appreciated.

Contact Outdoor Adventures with any questions regarding trips, teambuilding, rentals, or

special events.

EMAIL: outdooradventure@niu.edu

PHONE: 815-753-9423

ADVENTURE CENTER HOURS

Monday–Friday

3–6 p.m.

TAKE A VISIT!

Visit the Adventure Center located on the west side of the NIU Student Recreation Center.

There are temporary parking spaces and a separate entrance.

ADVENTURE CENTER ENTRANCE/LOCATION


INFORMATION

GO.NIU.EDU/OUTDOORS

HOW TO REGISTER

Register online or in person.

All forms of payment accepted including cash, check, all credit cards, Huskie Bucks and

payroll deduction or bursar charge.

REFUNDS, TRANSFERS AND CANCELLATIONS

Minimum participation requirements are established for all trips. Trips not reaching

minimum enrollment levels will be canceled and registration fees will be refunded.

Refunds are only given for canceled trips or for a documented medical situation.

Trip or clinic registrations can be transferred to another participant or to a future trip if

requests are made prior to the registration deadline.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Students can apply for scholarships to help with the expense of trips.

Visit go.niu.edu/oascholar to apply.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB

The Outdoor Adventure Club is a newly formed student organization looking to have likeminded

students plan adventures, seek new opportunities and support the cause of “No

Student Left Inside.” Contact outdooradventure@niu.edu for more information or visit the

Facebook group at go.niu.edu/oaclub.


CUSTOM

GO.NIU.EDU/OUTDOORS

“It got our team out of

their comfort zone, built

togetherness and improved

leadership”


CUSTOM

GO.NIU.EDU/OUTDOORS

TEAMBUILDING AND CUSTOM EVENTS

Make your next group event memorable and meaningful! Outdoor Adventures crafts custom

programs for student organizations, departments and community groups. Your event is designed

around your group’s goals, with a variety of options on and off campus from which to choose.

Custom tips can be for a day, weekend, week or more, with many options for any time of year.

Our knowledgeable and trained staff can provide all your needs from transportation to food, as

well as group and individual gear.

Outdoor Adventures can work with any group size, provide space on campus or come to your

location. There are no requirements or limits on the possibilities. Opportunities are available to

NIU and non-NIU alike!

ADVENTURES SPECIAL EVENTS

EDUCATION

TEAMBUILDING

Backpacking

Biking

Canoeing

Kayaking

Caving

Camping

XC Skiing

Hiking

Rock Climbing

Snowboarding

Stand-Up

Paddleboarding

Campfire

Campus Campout

Canoe Battleship

“Chopped” Cooking

Challenge

Crate Climbing

Geocache/Scavenger

Hunt

East Lagoon

Paddling

Moonlight Hike,

Snowshoe, XC Ski

Retreats

Leave No Trace

Outdoor Ethics

Orienteering

Outdoor Cooking/

Meal Planning

Outdoor Skills

Outdoor

Education

Escape Room

Challenge

Group Bonding

and Ice Breakers

Initiatives focused

on cohesiveness,

communication or

leadership

Active Group

Games

Relay or Obstacle

Courses

Check out our scheduled trips for ideas; you can also book it for your group!

For more information, including pricing or an online request form, please visit go.niu.edu/team

or go.niu.edu/custom.


RENTALS

DISCOUNT MEMBERSHIP

PROGRAMS

Day Tripper: 10% discount for $10

Explorer: 25% discount for $25

Expeditioner: 50% discount for $50

PROMOTIONAL ITEMS FOR

SALE

Your purchase benefits the new scholarship

fund. Choose between a soft-style green T-shirt

($10) or a 32oz Nalgene water bottle ($15).

WHO CAN RENT?

Anyone! While NIU students rent for the

most discounted rate, equiptment is available

for rent by staff, faculty, and the non-NIU

public for only a slightly higher rate.

RENTAL PERIODS

For Bikes, Sports, Water and Winter gear

Per Day: Check out one day, return the next.

Weekend: Check out Thursday, return

Monday; or check out Friday, return Tuesday.

Week: Check out any day of the week and

return by the same day the following week

(i.e., Friday through Friday).

For Camping Equipment

1-4 Days or Weekend: Checkout equipment

for one, or up to four days.

Week Plus/5-12 Days: Checkout equipment

for five, or up to twelve days.

BIKE MAINTENANCE

Safety Check

Let our staff check your bike and let

you know if there is anything unsafe

and suggest what it needs. No Charge.

Tune-Up

Give your bike some TLC to keep

you riding safe. Includes minor

adjustments, lube and tightening.

Have a flat? Bring your own tube and

we’ll take care of it.

NIU Student: $10 Non-Student: $12

SERVICES

The Adventure Center provides equipment

tutorials and offers a free resource

library with brochures, books and DVDs.

Experienced staff provides you with

resources and advice to plan your own

adventures.

PADDLE AT THE LAGOON!

A trailer with rentable canoes, kayaks

and standup paddleboards are at the East

Lagoon seasonally, so stop by and pick up

your paddle, PFD and key at the Adventure

Center to paddle whenever you want!

OUTSIDE OF REGULAR

HOURS

Can’t pick up/drop off your equipment

during regular hours? Email

outdooradventure@niu.edu or call 815-

753-9422 to schedule an appointment.


RENTALS

GO.NIU.EDU/OUTDOORS

CAMPING BOATS SPORTS

WINTER

Two Person, Four

Person or Backpack

Tent

$10/1-4 days

$15/5-12 days

Hammock

(includes straps)

$3/1-4 days

$5/5-12 days

Sleeping Bag

(-20, 0, 15, 20 or 40 degree,

includes sleeping pad)

$3/1-4 days

$5/5-12 days

Sleeping Pad

$2/1-4 days

$4/5-12 days

Internal Frame Pack

(Includes rain cover)

$6/1-4 days

$10/5-12 days

Day Pack

$3/1-4 days

$5/5-12 days

Backpack Rain Cover

$1/1-4 days

$2/5-12 days

Two-Burner Stove

$6/1-4 days

$10/5-12 days

GPS Unit

$5/1-4 days

$8/5-12 days

Individual Items*

$2/1-4 days

$4/5-12 days

Includes paddles,

PFDs and car-top kit

Canoe, Sit-in Kayak,

Sit-on-top Single

or Double Kayak,

Standup Paddleboard

$15/day, $20/weekend,

$40/week

Inflatable Standup

Paddleboard or

Aluminum Canoe

$25/day, $40/weekend,

$60/week

Kevlar Canoe

(Decreased rental rate

for patrons with physical

limitations)

$50/day, $125 weekend,

$250/week

Individual Items

Car-top kit, Dry

bag, Canoe Chair or

Cushion, Paddle, PFD,

Wetsuit

$2/day, $4/weekend,

$6/week

Canoe or Kayak

Trailer

(need prior approval,

minimum 4 canoes required

to rent)

$40/day, $80/weekend,

$150/week

Sport Items: Bike Lock

or Helmet, Basketball,

Climbing Shoes, Disc Golf

Sets, Field Cones, Flip

Score, Football, Soccer Ball,

Softball, Bat, Tennis Racquet

or Volleyball

$2/day, $3/weekend,

$4/week

10x10 Canopy Tent

$10/day, $15/weekend,

$25/week

Trek 4 Series

Mountain Bike

(Includes helmet and lock)

$8/day, $15/weekend,

$30/week

PACKAGES

Ice Skates

(hockey, figure and children’s

sizes available)

$3/day, $5/weekend,

$8/week

Ice Skate Sharpening

$6 per pair

Snowshoes or

Cross-Country Skis

$5/day, $10/weekend,

$15/week

Snowboard Boots or

Helmet Only

$5/day, $10/weekend,

$15/week

Snowboard Only

$10/day, $20/weekend,

$40/week

Camping Package

Includes two or four person tent, up to four

sleeping bags and pads, cook-kit, stove and lantern

NIU Student: $30/1-4days, $50/5-12days

Sports Packages

(All items included; e.g., flip score, balls, bats)

Badminton, Bags, Caving, Climbing/Bouldering,

Flag Football, Kickball, Rollerblade, Slackline,

Softball or Volleyball

NIU student: $5/day, $10/weekend, $15/week

Snowboard Package

Includes board, boots and helmet

NIU student: $15/day, $30/weekend, $60/week

*Individual camping items, as well as non-student pricing

information is available online at go.niu.edu/gear


JAN/FEB

GO.NIU.EDU/OUTDOORS

CALENDAR

January

Weekly

Crate

Climbs

begin

SUP Yoga

Anderson

S’Mores

Open

House

ASB Info

Meeting

17 24 29

ASB Info

Meeting

February

Weekly

Crate Climb

1 2 3

Kayak Clinic

Anderson

XC Ski

4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Winter

Wonderland

11 12 13 14 15 16 17

Weekly

Crate Climb

18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Day Ski or

Snowboard

Weekly CC

Moonlight

Snowshoe

25 26 27 28

Beginner

Snowboard


EVENTS

WEEKLY CRATE CLIMBS

1/17-3/7, 5-6 p.m.

This challenging activity involves stacking and

scaling crates as high as you can. It is harder

than it looks, but you will catch on quick!

JAN/FEB

GO.NIU.EDU/OUTDOORS

S’MORES OPEN HOUSE AT THE

ADVENTURE CENTER

Wednesday, 1/24, 3-6 p.m.

Stop by enjoy a fresh s’more on a campfire,

take a tour and find out more about outdoor

opportunities. Winter Wonderland 2016

STANDUP PADDLEBOARD

YOGA CLINIC AT ANDERSON

POOL

Sunday, 2/4

Come experience standup paddleboarding and

practice yoga on the board in the pool. SUP is

a growing activity that can be challenging but

tons of fun!

KAYAK CLINIC AT ANDERSON

POOL

Friday, 2/9

This workshop introduces you to basic

kayaking skills; beginners and first-timers are

welcome to participate.

WINTER WONDERLAND

Wednesday, 2/14, 5-8 p.m

Enjoy a fun evening out ice skating with your

friends, or skip the gym and step into cross country

skis for a good old-fashioned wintery workout.

BEGINNER SNOWBOARD AT

LAKE CARROLL

Saturday, 2/17

Learn to snowboard at this perfect beginner hill.

Snowboarding is an achievable goal for you!

CROSS COUNTRY SKI

Sunday, 2/18, Lowden State Park

If you have cross-country skied before

or just interested in trying a great winter

activity, this day trip is for you.

DAY SKI OR SNOWBOARD

Sunday, 2/25, Chestnut Mountain

A day of shredding on the area’s finest

corduroy slopes with your fellow Huskies.

MOONLIGHT SNOWSHOE

Wednesday, 2/28, Afton Forest Preserve

Take a nighttime snowshoe, and meet

new people with similar interests for the

outdoors.


MARCH

GO.NIU.EDU/OUTDOORS

CALENDAR

SUP Yoga

Anderson

Weekly

Crate Climb

1 2 3

ASB

Georgia

4 5 6 7 8 9 10

11 12 13 14 15 16 17

Summer

Trips Info

Meeting

Weekly

Bike Ride

Rec

Takeover

Lock In

18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Kayak

Workshop

Anderson

Weekly

Bike Ride

end

trip

25 26 27 28 29 30 31


MARCH

EVENTS

GO.NIU.EDU/OUTDOORS

STANDUP PADDLEBOARD YOGA

CLINIC AT ANDERSON POOL

Sunday, 3/2

Come experience standup paddleboarding and

practice yoga on the board in the pool. SUP is

a growing activity that can be challenging but

tons of fun!

ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK

CHATTAHOOCHEE NATIONAL

FOREST

Saturday-Saturday, 3/10-3/17

Spend your spring break volunteering with

the U.S. Forest Service. Join other Huskies to

work on trail and campground construction and

renovation projects. Included in the registration

fee is transportation, leadership, all meals and

equipment.

Find more details at a 5 p.m. Info Meeting:

Monday, 1/29 or Tuesday, 2/6.

WEDNESDAY WEEKLY BIKE

RIDES

Wednesdays, 3/21-5/2

Up for a ride? Join Outdoor Adventures for

our weekly cruise. No bike? No problem! We

can provide a rental bike at no charge. Meet at

the Adventure Center in the Rec at 5 p.m. All

levels welcome.

Alternative Spring Break 2016

REC TAKEOVER LOCK-IN

Friday-Saturday, 3/23-3/24

Spend the night at the Rec, adventurestyle!

Crate climb, games, movies and

food included. This is a great event for

your organization or group of pals.

KAYAK CLINIC AT ANDERSON

POOL

Sunday, 3/25

This workshop introduces you to basic

kayaking skills, blending skill instruction

with practice. Beginners and first timers

are welcome to participate.


APRIL

GO.NIU.EDU/OUTDOORS

CALENDAR

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

end

trip

8 9 10 11 12 13 14

end

trip

15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Earth Day

Party

22 23 24 25 26 27 28

Paddle &

Pedal

Summer

Trips Info

Meeting

29 30 31

Weekly

Bike Ride

Weekly

Bike Ride

Weekly

Bike Ride

Weekly

Bike Ride

Kettle

Moraine

Backpacking

Horse Trail

Camp

Kayaking

Chicago

River

Day Hike


APRIL

EVENTS

BACKPACKING WEEKEND AT

KETTLE MORAINE

Friday-Sunday, 4/6-4/8

Need an escape from your daily routine? This

weekend is for you! Join us backpacking and

exploring the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin.

GO.NIU.EDU/OUTDOORS

WEEKEND HORSE TRAIL CAMP

Friday-Sunday, 4/13-4/15

A weekend in southern Illinois’ gorgeous

Shawnee National Forest for beginners and

experienced riders alike. Includes an arena

lesson, beautiful views along the scenic ride,

spending the night camping out with the

horses and cooking our meals in the outdoors.

KAYAKING THE CHICAGO

RIVER

Saturday, 4/21

Paddling on the scenic Chicago River is

a completely new way to experience the

amazing architecture of downtown Chi-Town!

The paddle is over three miles each way from

Ping Tom Memorial Park to Lakeshore East

Park.

THANK THE EARTH DAY

PARTY AT THE ECO WOODS/

WEST LAGOON

Sunday, 4/22

Volunteer removing trash and invasive

species on campus; afterward enjoy a yoga

dance party and healthy eats celebrating our

wonderful planet.

Earth Day 2015

HIKE AT STARVED ROCK AND

MATTHIESSEN

Saturday, 4/28

Spend the day exploring canyons, waterfalls

and hiking miles of scenic trails at Illinois’

most popular parks.

PADDLE AND PEDAL THE FOX

RIVER

Sunday, 4/29

Spend the day canoeing down the Fox River

from South Elgin to St. Charles for a 7.5-

mile paddle, and then pedal back on Fox

River Bicycle Trail.


MAY

GO.NIU.EDU/OUTDOORS

CALENDAR

Weekly

Bike Ride

Reading

Day Climb

1 2 3 4 5

6

13

end

trip

20

Smoky

Mountains

7 8 9 10 11 12

14 15 16 17 18 19

21 22 23 24 25 26

27

28 29 30 31


MAY

EVENTS

GO.NIU.EDU/OUTDOORS

READING DAY CLIMBING AT

MISSISSIPPI PALISADES

Friday, 5/4

Reading Day means no school! Head out and

experience outdoor rock climbing. Enjoy the

gorgeous scenery and learn new skills.

SUMMER TRIPS

Find out more about these trips at the

info meetings Monday, 3/19 and Tuesday,

4/3 at 5 p.m.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN

HIKE AND CAMP

Monday-Sunday, 5/14-5/20

Recover from the stress of finals and treat

yourself to an amazing experience with

memories that will last a lifetime. Take a 7-day

adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains,

which includes epic hiking, scenic views, and

relaxation in the great out of doors.

Mississippi Palisades

BACKPACKING THE WIND

RIVER RANGE, WYOMING

Saturday-Saturday, 8/11-8/18

Kick off your fall semester with a once in a

lifetime trip! This backpacking trip is led by an

experienced guide and features an unparalleled

wilderness experience, breathtaking mountain

views, and crystal clear alpine lakes.

Great Smoky Mountains


ADVENTURE AWAITS...

TRIPS

RENTALS

CUSTOM EVENTS

...WE WILL HELP YOU FIND IT

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