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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. 

Registration opens Wednesday, August 28 at noon
Register in person at The Ray during Membership Services hours or register online.*
*a unique Campus Recreation (not your Campus Connect) log-in is needed to register online: online instructions

Adventures and Workshops

Friday Rock Climbing Clinics - Every Friday!

Dates: Fridays; September 20 - November 8
Cost: $15 first time climbers at Lakeview Athletic Club; $9 for Cliffhangers club members
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.

Skyscraper Kayak Trip; Monday, September 9 or Sunday, September 22

Monday, September 9; registration deadline Thursday, September 5
Sunday, September 22; registration deadline Thursday, Sedptember 19
9 am - 1 pm
DePaul Students; $37

Join Outdoor Adventures on a paddling trip along Chicago River. This trip starts in a leisurely and natural section of river, but it quickly becomes an urban tour, passing through stretches of working river where we may encounter barges, through the booming new residential areas of River North with interesting modern architecture, and down through the "skyscraper canyon" of downtown.

Indiana Dunes National Park Day Trip; Saturday, September 21

​Saturday, September 21; registration deadline Thursday, September 19
7 am - 7 pm
$30 plus Metra ticket
Snacks provided!
Students, take the Metra train from Millennium Station and spend the day exploring the incredible sand hills that make up the Dunes ecosystem.  In addition, we'll have a chance to wade in the lake and hike over 10 miles of trails.  Bring a lunch along and dress for the weather, as the Dunes are a great experience rain or shine! Did you know that the Indiana Dunes is the newest national park?

Chicago Park District Stewardship Days; Sunday, Sept. 29 and Oct. 27 NEW!

​Sunday, September 29; 8 am - 1pm (registration deadline Monday, September 23)
Sunday, October 27; 8 am - 1 pm (registreation deadline Monday, October 21)
Join fellow volunteers from both DePaul and UIC to restore this habitat for migratory birds and butterflies. Stewardship tasks vary by season, but may include invasive species removal, native species planting, seed collection, litter pickup, and mulching. The project is that the McCormick Bird Sanctuary, south of McCormick Place on Lake Michigan.
Participants can meet at the Ray at 7:30 am or meet at the south entrance to the McCormick Bird Sanctuary (where the sanctuary trail meets the service road between Ft. Dearborn Drive and the Lakefront Trail).

Explore the Chicago Botanic Garden; Friday, October 4

​Friday, October 4; registration deadline Wednesday, October 2.
9:30 am - 3:45 pm
$11 for Metra ticket; payable at Metra station
Did you know that one of the most famous botanic gardens is only a train ride from campus? Spend a Friday exploring over 27 gardens and four natural areas around islands and shorlines. Travel by CTA and Metra to the Braeside stop which is a short walk to the garden.  Once at the garden you can explore areas at your own pace and interest levels. Bring your own lunch or money for snacks plus $11 for a round trip Metra ticket. Don't forget your U-Pass too!

Starved Rock State Park; Sunday, October 20

Starved Rock State Park Day Hiking Trip
Sunday, October 20; 7 am - 6 pm
Cost: $40
Registration deadline: Tuesday, October 15

Escape the city for the breathtaking 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. This trip sells out; register early!


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​.