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NIU Recreation & Wellness
Outdoor Adventures

Co-sponsored by NIU Outdoor Adventures, a program area of Recreation and Wellness. Outdoor Adventure trips, teambuilding, special events, equipment rentals, and resources are open to the community. If you have any questions or to find out more information, please visit go.niu.edu/oa, email outdooradventure@niu.edu, or call 815-753-9423.


Stand-up Paddle Board Yoga

Experience standup paddle board and practice yoga on the board in the pool.
SUP is a growing activity that can be challenging but tons of fun! Included in the registration fee is equipment (SUP, paddle, PFD) and hands-on instruction with a student instructor.

Cost: $15
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Basic: Sunday, November 10th

Come experience standup paddleboard and practice yoga on the board in the pool. SUP is a growing activity that can be challenging but tons of fun! Included in the registration fee is equipment (SUP, paddle, PFD) and hands-on instruction with a student instructor.

Advanced: Sunday, November 17th
Try more challenging poses and learn advanced standup paddleboard skills. Included in the registration fee is equipment (SUP, paddle, PFD) and hands-on instruction with a student instructor.

Weekly Wednesday Crate Climbing - NIU Rec Center - FREE!

Experience crate climbing! This challenging activity involves stacking crates as high as you can while on belay. No registration required.

Wednesday, August 28-Dec 11 | 6:00-7:30pm | FREE


Learn to Paddle Clinic - East Lagoon, DeKalb - FREE!

Learn to canoe, kayak, or standup paddle on NIU's East Lagoon. Please select your choice of lesson, you may select more than one.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet on the north side of NIU's East Lagoon along College Ave.

Saturday, September 14 | 10:00am-12:00pm | FREE


Clean the Kish- FREE!

Help us remove trash out of our community treasure, the Kishwaukee River.
Meet on the north side of NIU's East Lagoon along College Ave. For group sign ups, please email outdooradventure@niu.edu.

Sunday, September 15 | 1:00-4:30pm | FREE


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 set-up, and a chance to ask any questions. No registration or experience necessary. All gear will be provided.

Tuesday, September 17 | 7:30-8:30pm | FREE


Kish River Paddle - Genoa, IL

Paddle a 4-mile section of the Kishwaukee River, water levels will dictate the type of watercraft options available including standup paddleboarding, kayaking and/or canoeing. Meet at NIU's Adventure Center located on the west side of the Student Recreation Center - 325 N. Annie Glidden Road. Transportation will be provided to and from the river.

Sunday, October 6 | 2:00-6:00pm | $25 per person (max participants 11)

Full Moon Hike at Prairie Park - FREE!

Guided by the moonlight explore the nighttime woods and learn about nocturnal critters and enjoy other fun activities during this free event.
Meet at Prairie Park 615 Ellwood Dr. DeKalb

Monday, October 14 | 8:00-9:00pm | FREE


Learn to Kayak at Huntley Middle School

This workshop will introduce you to basic kayaking skills, blending skill instruction with practice. During the 2-hour clinic, we will cover fitting a boat, wet-exit, reentry and rescue techniques as well as paddle strokes and bracing. Beginners and first-timers encouraged. Included in the registration fee is equipment (kayak, paddle, PFD) and hands-on instruction with a student instructor.

Sunday, November 24 | 3:00-5:00pm | $25 per person