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Outdoor Adventures

Do you want to escape bustling city life by exploring beautiful locations and experiencing outdoor activities? Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Adventure program provides trips and workshops that are both educational and fun.

Adventures and Workshops

Friday Rock Climbing Clinics - Every Friday!

Dates: Fridays; September 14-November 2
Cost: $16 first timers; $7 returners (not members of the Cliffhangers club)
Registration deadline: Each Wednesday before the climb. Register at The Ray Membership Services desk, online or through The Ray at DePaul app! For details on how to get a user name and password and download the app, go to the Registration page. 

Climb with us every Friday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm indoors at Lakeview Athletic Club (Belmont and Broadway). After your first climb, you'll have the opportunity to join the Cliffhangers Rock Climbing Club.

Fall Paddle Trip on the Chicago River; October 6

Saturday, October 6; 9 am - 1 pm
DePaul Students: $35
Registration deadline Thursday, October 4
It's mid terms and everyone needs a study break! Enjoy the last first days of the fall weather and join Outdoor Adventures on a paddling trip along the Chicago River. You'll start in a natural section of river then pass through stretches of working river where we may encounter barges, through the booming residential areas of River North, and through downtown's "skyscraper canyon."

Starved Rock- Hiking in Fall Colors; Sunday, October 21

Sunday, October 21; registration deadline Wednesday, October 17
7 am - 6: 30 pm
DePaul Students: $27; includes transportation; participants are on their own for food and beverages.
It will be peak fall colors at Starved Rock! Escape the city for the breathtaking colors and scenery of Starved Rock State Park, the #1 attraction in Illinois! You'll enjoy the gorgeous fall colors and hike an invigorating route through waterfalls and canyons.

Kettle Moraine Weekend Hiking/Camping Trip; Cancelled

Depart Friday at 11 am; Sunday return late afternoon/early evening
$115; includes transportation, camping equipment, food
It's offically fall! Spend the weekend in Wisconsin's exploring Kettle Moraine State Park.  Camp for two nights in the Whitewater Lake Recreation Area; hike the trails and ejoy the weather (swimming if possible!).  After a short hike on Sunday morning, depart for the trip back to DePaul, returning late afternoon.

Outdoor Photography at Indiana Dunes National Lakshore; Sunday, September 23

​Sunday, September 23
7 am - 6:30 pm; $20* (DePaul students only; depart from The Ray); reigstration deadline Friday, September 21
Are you an amateur photographer or just like taking pictures with your phone? Join fellow DePaul students and spend the day hiking and photographing at the Indiana Dunes. The National Lakeshore park is know for breathtaking lake and dune views; home to over 350 species of birds and 1,100 species of flowering plants and ferns! The trip will also offer an introductory course on photography, focusing on the basics of light, composition, and subject matter.
*Participants responsible for lunch, Metra fare ($15) and their own camera equipment

Succulent Propogation Workshop, NEW! Friday, November 2

Friday, November 2; 1:30-2:30 pm
DePaul Students: $5
Registration deadline Wednesday, October 31
Do you love succulents but don’t want to pay for them? Come learn how to propagate your own succulents from already existing succulents! We’ll discuss the benefits of propagating your own succulents rather than buy them from a store and how to keep them alive, even in a residence hall room! Succulent clippings, soil, and pots will be provided for you to take home.


Adventure trips are designed for DePaul University students, with a limited number of spaces open to faculty and staff. Register through our online registration system​.