Recreation Services

Welcome Week Group Zumba
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)
Jan. 12 - 14
Jan. 10 at 5pm
Granite Peak, WI
Jan. 27 - 28
WRC, Cedar Falls, IA
Feb. 24
WRC, Cedar Falls, IA
March 24
Maquoketa Caves State Park, IA
March 25
Cedar River, IA
March 29 - April 1
March 22
Red Rock River Gorge, KY
April 5 - 8
April 2 at 5pm
Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, AR
April 12 - 15
April 2 at 5pm
Current River, MO
April 27 - 29
April 23
Baraboo, WI
Tues. nights at 5pm
Cedar Falls, IA

Break Trips

Date Pre-Trip Meeting Trip Type Location Cost (Student)
March 9 - 18
Feb. 28 at 5pm
Grand Staircase Escalante-National Monument, UT
March 9 - 18
Feb. 28 at 5pm
Georgia & Florida
April 19 - 22
Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, AR
Aug. 3 - 12
July 23 at 5pm
Wind River Mountain Range & Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Skills Clinics

Date Clinic Type Location Cost
By appointment
WRC 174
Every Monday (Jan. & Feb.)
WRC Lap Pool
2nd & 4th Mon. of every month;
1st & 3rd Tues. of every month
WRC 174
By Appointment
WRC 174

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

Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding

Location: Granite Peak, WI
Date: Jan. 12 - 14
Pre-trip Meeting: Jan. 10 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. It offers the best variety of terrain, from beginner to expert and features 75 runs and 3 high speed lifts! This exciting Midwest skiing adventure comes with a two all-day lift ticket and two nights of lodging that includes a free continental breakfast. Price based on 4–person occupancy and ski rentals not included. *Friday afternoon departure

Wildness First Aid

Location: WRC, Cedar Falls, IA
Date: Jan. 27 - 28
Cost: $255

This two-day course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for those who travel in the outdoors. Wilderness Medicine Institute’s curriculum includes many advanced topics that other programs don’t cover, such as dislocation reduction, focused spinal assessment, and epinephrine administration. In just two days, you’ll have the knowledge, skills, and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. This course is ideal for trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts, and individuals in remote locations. The course does not include CPR.

Rock Revolution

Location: WRC, Cedar Falls, IA
Date: Feb. 24
Time: Competition begins at 9am
Cost: Early Registration (On or before Feb. 9): $30 | Late Registration (Feb. 10 - Feb. 23): $40 | Day-of Registration (Feb. 24): $50

UNI's own 19th annual climbing competition is a sure shot for a good time! Rock Revolution is a friendly and fun spirited competition open to climbers of ALL skill levels. This event will push you to the limit and leave you exhausted by the end of the day. Stop by WRC 174 for more info.


Location: Maquoketa Caves State Park, IA
Date: March 24
Student: $30 | University: $35 | Guest: $40

During this day trip opportunity we will explore the Maquoketa Caves underworld. Located in the eastern part of the state, Maquoketa Caves is perfect for those who are looking for a good introduction to spelunking or for those who simply have a thirst for adventure.


Location: Cedar River, IA
Date: March 25
Student: $25 | University: $35 | Guest: $35

Come spend the day paddling the scenic Cedar River. During this 8ish mile excursion you will experience via canoe some of the most breathtaking scenery this region of the state has to offer, and it's right under your nose! You provide the company, we'll supply the gear. Please come prepared with a lunch.

Women's Rock Climbing

Location: Red Rock River Gorge, KY
Date: March 29 - April 1
Pre-trip Meeting: March 22
Student: $110 | University: $120 | Guest: $130

Ladies, join UNI Outdoors on this 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 cliff-lines have helped this area become one of the world's top rock climbing destinations. The location has opportunities for all climbing levels so we encourage you to "climb" aboard this journey. *Thursday 1pm departure

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Climbing

Location: Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, AR
Date: April 5 - 8
Pre-trip Meeting: April 2 at 5pm
Student: $120 | University: $130 | Guest: $140

Come with us to the one-of-a-kind Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, nestled in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Northern Arkansas! Horseshoe Canyon has over 300 climbing routes along with some world-class bouldering. On top of the superb climbing, you will also have a unique experience with the horses, and goats that roam free. All skill levels welcome. *Thursday 1pm departure

Current River Canoeing

Location: Current River, MO
Date: April 12 - 15
Pre-trip Meeting: April 2 at 5pm
Student: $125 | University: $135 | Guest: $145

Come and join us for a long weekend as we explore the Current River; Missouri's largest spring fed river that lies in the heart of the Ozarks. We will be canoeing nearly 30 miles of crystal clear, easy-moving water and exploring spring fed caves (by canoes and by foot). UNI Outdoors will provide all of the canoeing and camping gear, and you bring a sense of adventure! *Thursday 3pm departure

Devil's Lake Climbing

Location: Baraboo, WI
Date: April 27 - 29
Pre-trip Meeting: April 23
Student: $80 | University: $90 | Guest: $100

Elevate your sense of adventure to new heights while suspended 500 feet above Devil's Lake. You will discover the awesome beauty and wonder of the Baraboo Range climbing on 1.5 billion year old, bullet-proof quartzite often referred to as, "The Best in the Midwest." Suspend your disbelief in preparation for this stunning world class quartzite boasting more than 1,700 routes. All levels of climbing experience are welcome and encouraged. *Friday afternoon departure

X-Country Ski Nights

Location: Cedar Falls, IA
Date: Tuesday nights from Jan. 30 - Feb. 27 at 5pm
Cost: $5

Spend some time with UNI Outdoors while cross-country skiing on our freshly groomed west campus recreation trail. Snow permitting, we will meet in the outdoor recreation office WRC 174 to gear up and head out to the trails. Skis, boots, headlamps and hot cocoa are provided. No experience is necessary, but be sure to dress for the weather!

Break Trips

Southwestern Adventure

Location: Grand Staircase Escalante-National Monument, UT
Dates: March 9 - 18
Pre-trip Meeting: Feb. 28 at 5pm
Student: $650 | University: $700 | Guest: $775
Early-bird Registration by Feb. 1: $25 off

Embark on a slick-rock adventure that will expose us to an environment that was once a mecca for ancient people of the southwest. Pictographs and pueblo ruins are dwarfed by large sandstone arches that grant passage to the Escalante River. Then if you haven’t had enough of the canyons after half a week of backpacking, join us as we hike around the beautiful Zion National Park as we ascend some of the iconic hikes overlooking the park. We’ll end the trip with even more canyons as we hike, climb, scramble, and repel down sidewalls during an afternoon of canyoneering. All experience levels welcome.

Southeastern Adventure

Location: Georgia & Florida
Dates: March 9 - 18
Pre-trip Meeting: Feb. 28 at 5pm
Student: $650 | University: $700 | Guest: $775
Early-bird Registration by Feb. 1: $25 off

Join UNI Outdoors this spring break as we bask in the warm sunshine of the Georgia coast while backpacking through the Cumberland Island National Seashore. This barrier island is home to historic ruins and moss-bedecked trees. With any luck you’ll see loggerhead turtles, osprey fish eagles, and wild horses as well! After backpacking we will trip over to the crystal clear spring-fed Santa Fe River to canoe for a few days, camping along the way. You may even get to paddle next to the exotic river cow, the manatee! No experience necessary, so sign up today!

ARAP Conference

Location: Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, AR
Dates: April 19 - 22
Cost: TBA

The Arkansas Adventure Programming Conference is a student centered weekend for individuals who want to connect with other outdoor educational enthusiasts. Conference attendees from the state of Arkansas can share ideas and practices while attendees from the neighboring states can learn what Arkansas has to offer. Whether you are a part of a seasoned outdoor program, or simply have a passion for the outdoors the Arkansas Adventure Programming Conference is for you! For additional details stop by the UNI Outdoors Office or visit *Thursday afternoon departure

Summertime Western Adventure

Location: Wind River Mountain Range & Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Dates: Aug. 3 - 12, 2018
Pre-trip Meeting: July 23 at 5pm
Student: $600 | University: $675 | Guest: $750

Join UNI Outdoors as we journey west this summer for a backpacking adventure to the Wind River Mountain Range in Wyoming. The Winds are a versatile range for every type of adventurer. If solitude is what you seek, it can be found off any given path. With stunning scenery everywhere you look, and wildlife around every bend, the Winds vanquish other Wyoming mountain ranges in breadth of beauty and true alpine experiences. Upon completing the backpacking portion of our adventure, we will head to Grand Teton National Park for some day hiking opportunities followed by a whitewater trip down the popular Snake River. All experience levels welcome!

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.

Kayak Skills & Roll Clinics

Location: WRC 174
Date: By appointment
Cost: $10

In the kayak skills clinics you will be learning both introductory and advanced skills needed for bombing down the craziest rapids of floating down river on a leisurely paddle. Some skills that will be worked on include stability, strokes, braces, sculling, and the famous kayak roll.

Log Rolling

Location: WRC Lap Pool
Dates: Every Monday (Jan. & Feb.) | 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! Additional times can be arranged for groups.

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.

Lead Clinic

Location: WRC 174
Dates: By appointment | 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.


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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