Lorado Taft Field Campus to host open house Oct. 13

Lorado Taft entrance / 1950sNIU’s Lorado Taft Field Campus in Oregon, Ill., has been providing outdoor education opportunities for K-12 students and teachers throughout northern Illinois since 1954.

To celebrate 60 years of outdoor education, the staff of the Lorado Taft Campus invites the NIU community to an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13.

Whether you’ve always wondered what’s “out there,” or would just like to reacquaint yourself with the beautiful campus during prime leaf-color season, the Taft open house provides a great chance to check it out. Activities will include tours, hikes and the opportunity to try some of the activities that Taft offers to the elementary school and middle school students who visit with their classmates. Examples include trying out an ancient spear-throwing tool, dipping candles, starting campfires and watching birds.

Refreshments will be served in the dining hall, including Taft’s famous cinnamon rolls in the morning and a lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Taft is well-known for its delicious, home-cooked food.

All activities and refreshments are free.

Lorado Taft is located on N. River Road, about 1.5 miles north of Route 64, on the east side of the Rock River. To access the Taft campus, visitors must drive through Lowden State Park and follow signs through the park to get to Lorado Taft. Parking is limited, so carpooling is advised.

For more information, contact Melanie Costello at (815) 753-0205, ext. 132 or melcostello@niu.edu.

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