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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, email, or call 815-753-9423.

Family Evening at the Garden

Visit NIU's Communiversity Garden located east of Anderson Hall off Kishwaukee Drive. This free drop-in event includes a tour of the garden, activities to learn about fall harvest, and sample some fresh garden eats.

Tuesday, September 4 | 4:00-6:00pm | NIU Communiversity Garden

Learn to Paddle Clinics

Learn to canoe, kayak, or standup paddle on NIU's East Lagoon. $5 per person/per activity, 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.
Tuesday, Sept 11 or Wednesday, Sept 12
5:30-7:30pm | NIU's East Lagoon

Clean the Kish

Celebrate National Public Lands Day by joining us for this free event to remove trash out of our community treasure, the Kishwaukee River. Meet on the north side of NIU's East Lagoon along College Ave.
Sunday, September 30 | 1:00-4:00pm

Paddle the Kish

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, September 16
2:00-6:00pm | $15 per person (max participants 11)

Full Moon Hike

Guided by the moonlight, explore the nighttime woods and learn about nocturnal critters and enjoy other fun activities during this free event.
Wednesday, October 24 | 8:00-9:00pm
Meet at Prairie Park 615 Ellwood Dr., DeKalb