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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.

Frisbee Golf Clinic | Saturday, April 17

at Prairie Park, 401 Clifford Drive 9:30-11:00 am| Fee $8 IDR/ $10 R per person

This clinic will cover basics of disc golf including how to play as well as proper form and technique on how to throw. Additional topics cover an introduction to the different type of discs, what the numbers on a disc mean, and which discs are best for new players. This clinic is geared toward educating those who have never played the sport or have wanted to give disc golf a try. The clinic will be informative and fun for everyone of all ages and skill levels.

Bike the Local Trails | Sunday, April 18

at Northern Illinois University Adventure Center, 325 N. Annie Glidden Road
2:00-4:30 pm | Fee $5 for NIU Students/ $7 for Non-Students
Have a bike but do not know where to ride locally? Join us to learn about the local bike trails around DeKalb! The ride will start and end at the NIU Adventure Center. Bike over or parking is free on the weekend. Do not have a bike but would like join? Email Outdoor Adventures at to reserve a bike as quantities are limited. (Ages 12+)

Full Moon Hike | Sunday, April 25

at Prairie Park, 401 Clifford Drive
8:00-9:00 pm| Fee $5 per person
Guided by the moonlight, explore the nighttime woods and learn about nocturnal critters and enjoy other fun activities during this event. Meet near the disc golf course at Prairie Park. Register at

Kayak the Rock | Saturday, May 15

at Castle Rock State Park, 1365 W. Castle Road, Oregon, Illinois
1:00-4:00 pm| Fee $40 IDR/ $48 R per paddler (Double Kayak Fee is $80/$96)
Join us on a 6+ mile scenic paddle on the Rock River starting from Castle Rock to John Deere Park in Oregon, IL. Fee includes instruction and single kayak or double kayak rental. Each paddler must register individually, but will have the option to name their partner for the double kayak when signing up. Participants will meet at the Castle Rock State Park boat launch on Route 2 in Oregon; more details will be provided after registration. Activity level is moderate, previous experience is recommended but not required. (Ages 12+ ) Register for this program with the DeKalb Park District at

Standup Paddleboard Yoga Workshop| June 1, 8, 15, & 22

at Hopkins Pool, 1403 Sycamore Road | (Ages 12+) 7:00-8:30 pm | Single Class $25/All 4 $85| Registration required for each week
Gain experience and learn standup paddleboard (SUP) and practice yoga while floating on the board in an outdoor pool. SUP is a fun activity that can challenge your balance and invigorate your core. Try out this popular activity, learn paddle skills, and relax into yoga poses guided by an instructor. SUP board, paddle and PFD (if needed) are provided. Sign-up for one class or call (815) 758-7756 to register for all four!