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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 17
Cost: $13
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.

Starved Rock State Park; Sunday, May 19

Starved Rock State Park Day Hiking Trip
Sunday, May 19; 7 am - 6 pm
Cost: $27
Registration deadline: Thursday, May 9

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.

Memorial Day Skyscraper Paddle Trip; Monday, May 27

​Monday, May 27; 9 am - 1 pm
DePaul Students; $35
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.

Yoga and Camping Retreat; May 3-5

Location: Knobstone Hiking Trail in Southern Indiana
Trip is full; you may add your name to the waiting list
Date/Time: May 3-5; must be able to leave early Friday morning
Price: $195; DePaul students only; fee includes transportation, food while camping; camping equipment; yoga sessions. Participants are responsible for providing their own yoga mat
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 away with mother nature.
Please note: Must register in-person during Membership Services hours.

Bike Check Day; Friday, April 26; 11 am - 2 pm; FREE!

​Friday, April 26; 11 am - 2 pm
Ray Loading Dock (north side of The Ray)
It's bike weather! Stop by The Ray and have your bike checked over on Friday, April 26. Bike mechanics will check tire pressure, seat height, brakes and the safety of your bike. Any parts needed will be bike owners responsibility. A bike washing station will be also be available. Co-sponsored by DePaul Student Government Association.


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​.