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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; April 6- May 18
Cost: $16
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.

Spring Nature Walk and Yoga Class; Friday, April 27 FREE!

Friday, April 27; Walk leaves The Ray at noon; yoga class begins at 2:15 pm.
Tired of being cooped up inside? Time to opt outside and enjoy the restorative benefits of a nature walk followed by a special yoga class.
Meet at The Ray for a leisurely walk to the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool (Lincoln Park's Hidden Garden); return to The Ray for yoga!  You are welcome to participate in both activities or just choose one. Ready to sign-up? Click here.

Yoga and Camping Retreat; May 11-13

Friday, May 11-Sunday, May 13
$185; DePaul students only; fee includes transportation, food while camping; camping equpment; yoga sessions. Participants are responsible for providing their own yoga mat.
Registration deadline: Tuesday, April 24 . Must register in person during Membership Services hours.
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.  This trip will travel to the Knobstone Hiking Trail in Southern Indiana for a weekend of camping while taking part in progressive Power Vinyasa yoga sessions that will put you and your body in touch with the beautiful surroundings.  During the weekend, participants will have the opportunity to explore sections of the 58-mile trail and enjoy a weekend out with mother nature.

Memorial Day Skyscraper Paddle Trip

Monday, May 28; 9 am - 1 pm
DePaul Students: $35
Registration deadline Tuesday, May 22
​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." Ready to sign-up? Click here.

Starved Rock; Sunday, May 20

Sunday, May 20; registration deadline Wednesday, May 15
7 am - 6: 30 pm
DePaul Students: $27; includes transportation; participants are on their own for food and beverages.
Escape the city for the breathtaking scenery of Starved Rock State Park, the #1 attraction in Illinois! You'll enjoy the gorgeous spring colors and hike an invigorating route through waterfalls and canyons.


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​.