RTNL Outdoor Adventures

Health, Recreation and Community Services offers great outdoor adventures both fall and spring semesters for UNI students as another aspect of our recreation, tourism and nonprofit leadership programming. Whether you're into ice climbing, cross-country skiing, rock climbing or backpacking, we have a trip for you.  

Sign up for an Outdoor Adventure trip!

Questions? Contact adventures@uni.edu.


What does the cost of the trip cover? 

Trip fees associated with each trip cover the cost of transportation, event/park entries, and campgrounds. The use of activity-specific equipment such as canoes, climbing ropes, tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, and more is also included in this fee. The fees do not include the cost of food, hygiene items, and clothing; these items will need to be supplied by the participant. 

Who can participate in the Outdoor Adventure trips? 

Any University of Northern Iowa student can participate in these trips. If you are not a UNI student and you are 18 years or older, you are also welcome to join these adventure trips. 

How fit should I be? 

Our trips usually do not require any prior experience. However, for most trips, we require the ability to walk a minimum of 2 miles (3 kilometers) without taking a break. To participate in the activities mentioned below, there are additional activity-related requirements. 

Backpacking: We recommend that you are able to walk up and down a ten-story staircase with no breaks. Additionally, you should be able to pick up and carry an object that is a minimum of 30 pounds (15 kilograms).

Rock Climbing: You should be comfortable with heights. 

Water trips: You should be comfortable around or in water. 

What type of clothes do I need? 

During your pre-trip meeting, we will provide additional details about the necessary clothing items as they vary between trips. Typically we will recommend non-cotton clothing items and suggest the three-layer system of moisture-wicking, insulating, and protective layers. 

Sign up for a trip and learn more!

What is your refund policy? 

Prior to 30 days before a trip leaves, you receive a refund of 50% of your payment. If you cancel within 30 days before the start of the trip, you will forfeit all funds. 

If a trip has a deposit and you cancel your registration, you will forfeit your entire deposit. 

What happens if a trip is canceled? 

If a trip is canceled, participants will receive a full refund for the trip within 7-10 business days following the trip's departure date. Depending on your bank, funds may take longer to appear. 

Is there a waitlist if a trip is full?

Yes, please email adventures@uni.edu, and we will contact you if anyone drops. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact adventures@uni.edu