Recreation Services

Welcome Week Group Zumba
Aquatics certification training
Sport club rugby
Youth camp playing basketball
Student worker
Tae Kwon-Do
Personal training indoor track
Fitness aerobics class
Outdoor recreation hiking trip
Intramural dodgeball
Intramural basketball
Personal training rowing machine
Belaying a rock climber
Aquatics paddling panthers

Adventure Trip Schedule

Date Pre-Trip Meeting Trip Type Location Cost (Student)
Sept. 20 — 23
Sept. 11 at 5pm
North Shore, MN
Sept. 28 — 30
Sept. 18 at 5pm
Kickapoo River, WI
Oct. 4 — 7
Sept. 25 at 5pm
Pictured Rocks, MI
Oct. 1 & 14
George Wythe State Park, IA
Oct. 12 — 14
Oct. 2 at 5 pm
Blue Mounds, MN
Oct. 18 — 21
Oct. 9 at 5pm
Red River Gorge, KY
Oct. 27 — 28
Oct. 22 at 5pm
Yellow River State Forrest, IA

Break Trips

Date Pre-Trip Meeting Trip Type Location Cost (Student)
Nov. 16 — 25
Nov. 6 at 5pm
Appalachian Trail, GA
Nov. 16 — 25
Nov. 5 at 5pm
Grand Canyon, AZ

This Winter

Date Pre-Trip Meeting Trip Type Location Cost (Student)
Jan. 19 - 21
Jan. 8 at 5pm
Granite Peak, WI
Jan. 26 - 27
WRC Cedar Falls, IA

Future Trip

Date Pre-Trip Meeting Trip Type Location Cost (Student)
Rio Grande River, Texas/Mexico Border

Skills Clinics

Date Clinic Type Location Cost
Oct. 29 & 30
WRC 174
2nd & 4th Mon. of every month;
1st & 3rd Tues. of every month
WRC 174
September 25
WRC Lap Pool
Every Monday (Nov. & Dec.)
WRC Pool

Trip Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your registration for any reason, it must be done before the close of business (5:00pm) on the date of the pre-trip in order to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations after the pre-trip meeting will result in the forfeiture of all fees. As we are adventurers, our trips and clinics usually take place rain or shine. However, if the situation warrants it due to unsafe conditions, we reserve the right to cancel a trip/clinic at any time. Additionally, UNI Outdoors reserves the right to remove or alter program itinerary items due to unforeseen circumstances.

Adventure Trips

Climbing North Shore

Location: North Shore, MN
Date: Sept. 20 — 23
Pre-trip Meeting: Sept. 11 at 5pm
Student: $80 | University: $90 | Guest: $100

Join UNI Outdoors as we head north for some spectacular outdoor climbing! The trip will head to Minnesota’s North Shore where we will climb at The Mystical Mountain Zone and take on climbs up to 130 feet tall on gritty anorthosite rock. We will then head to the scenic Shovel Point where we will climb the towering cliffs over Lake Superior. This trip is a fantastic opportunity to explore the wild North Shore. Thursday afternoon departure.

Canoe & Kayak

Location: Kickapoo River, WI
Date: Sept. 28 — 30
Pre-trip Meeting: Sept. 18 at 5pm
Student: $80 | University: $90 | Guest: $100

Come join UNI Outdoors on one of Wisconsin’s premier rivers! The Kickapoo gets it's name from an Algonquin word that means "he who goes here, then there," as its one of the nation’s most winding rivers. A journey down the Kickapoo will not only provide you a glimpse at one of the oldest river systems in the world it will also be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Friday afternoon departure.

Pictured Rocks

Location: Pictured Rocks, MI
Date: October 4 — 7
Pre-trip Meeting: Sept. 25 at 5pm
Student: $130 | University: $145 | Guest: $160

Sandstone cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, and shorelines beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The lakeshore hugs the Lake Superior shoreline and rewards hikers with exhilarating views and opportunities for personal challenge. Lake Superior is the largest, deepest, coldest, and most pristine of all the Great Lakes. All skill levels welcome. Thursday afternoon departure.

Canoeing on Paddlers Trail

Location: George Wythe State Park, IA
Date: Oct. 1 & 14
Student: $25 | University: $30 | Guest: $35

Want a quick adventure to take a break from studying? Join UNI Outdoors as we explore the local waterways by winding and portaging through the paddlers trail in the George Wythe State Park area. We’ll supply the canoes, kayaks and gear, all you need is to bring an adventurous spirit. Please sign-up in advance! 1pm departure meet at room 174 in the WRC.

Women's Climbing

Location: Blue Mounds, MN
Date: Oct. 12 — 14
Pre-trip Meeting: Oct. 2 at 5 pm
Student: $80 | University: $90 | Guest: $100

It is not only ladies night, it’s ladies weekend! Spend the weekend climbing at Minnesota’s secluded Blue Mounds State Park. Rising 100 feet out of the plains, the mystical cliffs of Blue Mounds State Park offers challenging routes for all climbing abilities. Come join UNI Outdoors as we journey to a climbing venue considered by some to be the hidden gem of Minnesota. Friday afternoon departure.

Climbing the Red

Location: Red River Gorge, KY
Date: Oct. 18 — 21
Pre-trip Meeting: Oct. 9 at 5pm
Student: $110 | University: $120 | Guest: $130

Join UNI Outdoors for an epic climbing adventure to “The Red.” Located in Kentucky, the Red River Gorge Geological Area consists of an intricate canyon system that features an abundance of high sandstone cliffs, rock shelters, waterfalls, and natural bridges. The multitude of sandstone and cliff-lines have helped this area become one of the world's top rock climbing destinations. Thursday afternoon departure.

Iowa Backpacking

Location: Yellow River State Forrest, IA
Date: Oct. 27 — 28
Pre-trip Meeting: Oct. 22 at 5pm
Student: $45 | University: $50 | Guest: $55

Take an introductory backpacking trip, Iowa style! Come enjoy the beautiful fall colors with this adventurous outdoor skills excursion. This trip is great for beginners, as the terrain is moderate.

Break Trips

Backpacking the Appalachian

Location: Appalachian Trail, GA
Date: Nov. 16 — 25
Pre-trip Meeting: Nov. 6 at 5pm
Student: $600 | University: $650 | Guest: $675

Challenge yourself by joining UNI Outdoors as we backpack a small section in Georgia over Thanksgiving break. The A.T., generally known as the granddaddy of all is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending approximately 2,200 miles between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. $50 discount if paid-in-full by October 1st.

Backpacking Grand Canyon

Location: Grand Canyon, AZ
Date: Nov. 16 — 25
Pre-trip Meeting: Nov. 5 at 5pm
Student: $650 | University: $700 | Guest: $750

Explore one of the natural wonders of the world. Spend 4 nights & 5 days in spectacular Grand Canyon National Park. We will backpack deep into the Colorado River Gorge during this Thanksgiving Break Adventure, in addition to seeing great sights along the way. $50 discount if paid-in-full by October 1.

This Winter

Downhill Skiing

Location: Granite Peak, WI
Date: Jan. 19 - 21
Pre-trip Meeting: Jan. 8 at 5pm
Student: $220 | University: $230 | Guest: $240

Spend a long weekend skiing in Wisconsin! Granite Peak, located in Wausau, WI, is one of the Midwest's premier ski and snowboard destinations. This exciting Midwest skiing adventure comes with a two all-day lift ticket and two nights of lodging. Ski rentals not included. Saturday Departure.

Wilderness First Aid

Location: WRC Cedar Falls, IA
Dates: Jan. 26 - 27
Pre-trip Meeting: Feb. 28 at 5pm
Cost: $255

This two-day course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for those who travel outdoors.Wilderness Medicine Institute’s curriculum includes advanced topics that other programs don’t cover, such as dislocation reduction, focused spinal assessment, and epinephrine administration. CPR not included.

Future Trip

May Adventure

Location: Rio Grande River, Texas/Mexico Border
Dates: May
Student: $600 | University: $650 | Guest: $700
Explore one of the last wild and remote rivers in the Southwest! This 90 mile stretch of river has over 1,000 foot canyon walls, wild burros, and lots of warm desert sunshine. We may even soak in hot springs! Located along the Texas/Mexico Border, the Rio Grande has rapids ranging from class I-III. Swimming skills and good physical condition are a prerequisite. Sign up by Spring Break 2019 to receive at $50 discount!

Skills Clinics

Have you ever wanted to learn a new adventure skill but never had the means? Well, come join some of our outdoor skills experts and learn from a pro. We will be offering monthly clinic sets focusing on one of three skills including climbing, kayaking, and outdoor skills. We will also be offering climbing belay clinics weekly and lead climbing clinics by appointment.

Lead Clinic

Location: WRC 174
Dates: Oct. 29 & 30 | Time: 7 - 10pm
University: $15 | Guest: $25

If you are ready to take the next step in climbing, sign up to learn how to lead climb at the UNI climbing wall. This “hands-on” clinic will teach you what you need to know to become lead climbing certified at the wall. This clinic will cover the use of quickdraws, clipping techniques, and the proper belay techniques used in lead climbing. Additional times can be arranged. You must be top rope belay certified to take this clinic.

Top Rope Belay Clinics

Location: WRC 174
Dates: 2nd & 4th Monday of every month | 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month
Time: 7 - 10pm
University: $15 | Guest: $25

Learn the basics of climbing gear, safety, and belaying on UNI’s climbing wall. This “hands-on” clinic is designed to teach you everything you need to know to become belay certified on the UNI climbing wall. Along with proper belaying techniques, this clinic covers the use of knots, belay devices, and other safety equipment. Additional times can be arranged for groups of 6-12.

Introduction to Paddleboarding

Location: WRC Lap Pool
Dates: Sept. 25 | Time: 7 - 9pm
University: $10 | Guest: $15

Learn the basics of paddleboarding from the comfort of the UNI lap pool during this "hands on" instructional clinic. Come prepared to get wet, have fun, and learn.

Log Rolling

Location: WRC Pool
Dates: Every Monday (Nov. & Dec.) | Time: 7 - 9pm
Cost: Free

Log rolling was developed by lumberjacks while guiding logs downriver and is the art of balancing on a floating log. UNI Outdoors will be providing you the opportunity to channel your inner lumberjack in the comfort of the pool. No experience necessary, No pre-registration necessary, just show up and give it a try!


If there is an accommodation you need in order to participate in a RS program or activity, please contact WRC 101 at (319) 273-6275.


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