No two days should ever be alike. Illinois State University can make this a reality for students open to new opportunities, who make it a top priority to live life to the fullest. Adventure is out there, and the best way to find it at ISU is through the Campus Recreation Adventure Program (we would say flying to South America in a house tethered to balloons, but this is more practical). If it happens outdoors, the Adventure Program can make it happen for you, whether it be biking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, climbing, backpacking or any other activity you want to try.
Surprise: there’s more to Illinois than just corn! The Land of Lincoln has so much to offer with lush valleys, gorgeous rivers, breathtaking rock formations and even mountains! The Campus Recreation Adventure Program offers students the chance to embark on many exciting trips across the state. And don’t worry; unlike other trips and outings, Adventure Programs won’t cost you hundreds of dollars. In fact, students won’t pay over $160 for any group trip, and most are under $50. That’s a pretty cheap spring break or weekend getaway, and you don’t need to travel far to have fun!
Here is a quick preview of the main trips:
Spring Break Southern Get-Away
Your friends are all road-tripping to Myrtle Beach or flying to Italy. If you want a unique spring break trip that won’t cost anywhere near the gas to get to SC or the plane ticket to Europe, but still delivers on exciting experiences to brag about once you get back, join the Campus Recreation Adventure Program on a get-away to Shawnee National Forest. You’ll spend six days backpacking across the scenic southern Illinois country, with climbing and rappelling to finish up the trip, all for just $160 for students. So much cooler than going to a crowded beach or eating pricey pastries.
Picnic, Paddle and Play
Take a short drive over to Evergreen Lake here in McLean County for a laid-back day on the water. Enjoy the warmer April weather with kayaking, canoeing, Frisbee, grilling out with friends and more. This trip is just $15 for students, including food, equipment, and transportation.
Giant City Climb and Hike
Whether you’re an expert climber or just starting out, you’ll love exploring the awesome rock formations of Giant City State Park. Climb, rappel and hike through the park to test your limits and gain a new hobby! Students pay just $85 for this trip.
It doesn’t get much more zen than yoga next to a waterfall. Matthiessen State Park in Utica, IL is the perfect setting for a day of restorative yoga and leisurely hiking. $35 covers the trip, with a yoga mat included.
Mackinaw River Paddle
Just like the lazy river at the water park, the twisting Mackinaw River provides the perfect chance to relax on the water. You’ll spend the morning and afternoon paddling along the river (with a break for lunch) for just $15.
Sign up for these and other activities online at http://adventureconnection.illinoisstate.edu/.
Didn’t see a trip that’s adventurous enough for you? You and your friends can create your own unique trip with the Adventure Program. Need help planning your trip? Need equipment and transportation? Ask the Adventure Program by completing a survey here (https://survey.lilt.ilstu.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=ll23mn53).
For more information you can also email Adventure@IllinoisState.edu or call (309) 438-8419.