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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 through May 19
Cost: $15
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.

Indiana Dunes State Park; April 22

Date/Time: Saturday, April 22; 7:30 am - 6 pm
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 18
Fee: $15 (includes snacks, bring money for Metra)

Join us for an exciting trip to the Indiana Dunes!  We’ll take Metra from the 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 and dress for the weather, as the Dunes are a great experience rain or shine! Snacks will be provided.

Camping and Yoga Retreat; May 12-14

​The Outdoor Adventure Program wants to take you away for a weekend that will fuse the beauty of nature with the freeing meditation of a yoga retreat. The Knobstone Hiking Trail will be the site for the weekend of camping and exploring sections of the 58-mile trail while taking part in progressive Power Vinyasa yoga sessions that will put you in touch with the beautiful surroundings.
Dates: Friday, May 12 (early morning departure) – Sunday, May 14 (evening return) This trip is full, please add your name to waiting list
Location: Knobstone Trail; located in the rolling hills of southern Indiana
Price: $175; includes transportation, all meals, camping equipment, 5-6 hours of yoga sessions, permits and camping fees
This trip is open to DePaul students only.

Illinois State Beach Park Day Trip; May 21

Date/Time: Sunday, May 21, 7:30 am - 6 pm
Cost: $15 (includes snacks; bring money for the Metra.)
Registration deadline: Tuesday, May 16. Register at The Ray Membership Services desk, online or through The Ray at DePaul app!

Spanning 6.5 miles of sandy Lake Michigan, this trip will give you a chance to explore the trails and spend time playing at the beach. A perfect way to spend Sunday in May and a great way to get away from the stress of class and the city before concentrating on finals! Pack a lunch and dress for the weather.

Memorial Day Skyscraper Paddle; May 29

Date/Time: Monday, May 29, 9 am - 2 pm
The trip starts at The Ray; boat launch 10 am.
Cost: $35 (Travel to launch on CTA; bring your UPass)
Registration deadline: Tuesday, May 23
Register at The Ray Membership Services desk, online or through The Ray at DePaul app!

Join Outdoor Adventures on a paddling trip along Chicago River. You'll starts in a natural section of river, then pass through stretches of working river where we may encounter barges, through the booming new residential areas of River North with interesting modern architecture, and through the downtown's "skyscraper canyon.".


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​.