Horn Field Campus

“The sun is shining, the birds are singing...it's a great day to be alive” ~ Frank Lupton

Horn Field Campus is celebrating 50 years as part of the University, during which time it has served innumerable individuals as a place for learning and recreation.

South of Macomb, in an area that seems tucked back and away from the urban trappings and cornfield landscapes of the hometown of Western Illinois University, is Horn Field Campus (HFC). Western Illinois natives, as well as Western Illinois University students and alumni who did not study recreation, park and tourism administration may have recollections of Horn Field Campus through its Horn Lodge. The Lodge is where many groups and individuals have gathered for professional and social events over the many years it has been part of WIU.

Horn Field Campus

FUn facts about hfc

Year Horn Was Donated
# of Groups in 2014
# of Visitors in 2014
Outdoor Ed. Building Costs

HFC is one of the great hidden gems of WIU ~ Mindy Pheiffer

Outdoor Education building

Providing outdoor education to WIU students

What is an outdoor education building?

Who it benefits


Facility expansion to support leadership activities and outdoor education opportunities for regional primary, secondary and college students, faculty, WIU alumni, and Macomb community members. Many groups include urban youth and minority populations.

Integration of the following components, essential in providing enhanced residential/day use outdoor education and leadership experiences:

  • Kitchen area that meets state health codes.
  • Equipment storage accommodating outdoor gear and maintenance equipment to increase operational and financial efficiency.
  • Classroom and meeting space with appropriate technology to accommodate large groups.
  • Restroom/utility infrastructure to replace inadequate and antiquated facilities.
  • Geothermal system to promote sustainable and efficient use of energy and increase participant education about sustainable technologies.

Extension of program outreach and instruction to increase educational opportunities and the current number of users and instruction.


Since 1965, Horn Field Campus has promoted environmental responsibility and human development based on the core values of compassion, community, growth and education.

The Horn Field Campus experience centers around self-actualization regarding human interaction and the interdependence of people and the environment. Our participants gain invaluable experiences in building communities through leadership, group dynamics, service-based stewardship, and concern for natural surroundings. HFC prepares people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to confront the diverse global challenges of the society and environment that they inhabit.


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Lodge and Libations

A fundraiser for Horn Field Campus

Help Horn Field Campus celebrate our 50 year anniversary by attending our Lodge and Libations celebration with plenty of food, drinks, and friends. Doc Lupton will be joining us once again! 
Not only will we be celebrating our rich history but we will also be raising funds towards our new outdoor education building. GIVE NOW »

Date: Saturday, September 26 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Place: Horn Field Campus

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2014 Lodge and Libations

Join the conversation

Phone:  309.298.HORN
Horn Field Campus Scheduling: 309.298.2026
Email:  hf-campus@wiu.edu



Our Testimonials

  • "Our staff thinks that you all did an excellent job at all the activities, and for accommodating so many students so quickly--all glowing reviews! They said they all enjoyed the experience, as well as the kids! And of course...we love coming to Horn Field and working with you guys!"

    Jennifer Peters, TRiO Upward Bound Program Manager
  • "Our visit went very well. I think we might make this an outing each year! The interns loved it. I have been attending their presentations this week and continue to hear how much they loved it. I think it really helps to push them out of their comfort zone and teach them the value of team work. The statement I heard the most was that they felt accomplished! They were proud to be able to say that they did it. Thank you again for a great program! Your staff were very professional and helpful and made the ones that were nervous feel more at ease."

    Kiona Pryor, IL Recruiter, Dot Foods, Inc.
  • The corn maze was always a highlight of my autumns, and every party I’d been to at Horn Field Campus was terrific. Working at Horn is a challenge, and I've come a long way in relating to people and solving problems. Being in the forest just makes me happy. Horn field isn’t just a job- it’s an experience.

    Marizona Dahlstrom
  • I joined the RPTA master's program in the early '90s, as I had fallen in love with the entire concept of outdoor education. Horn Field Campus was my utopia. Being outdoors surrounded by nature is where I think we all need to be at some time or another. Then, add to that the concept of human growth and development, which the challenge course activities provide. We don't often talk about values in the classroom, but the activities at Horn Field Campus embody and extend value-driven concepts to all who participate.

    Mindy Pheiffer

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