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Touch of Nature Environmental Center

SIU's Outdoor Laboratory and Retreat Center

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Touch of Nature Environmental Center serves Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the region, and the nation as an outdoor laboratory for experiential learning, a field site for research, and a provider of therapeutic recreation, environmental education, outdoor adventure, personal and interpersonal growth experiences and conference service facilities. Through its four entities, 

Therapeutic Recreation

Environmental Education

Adventure Education 

and Conference Services,

Touch of Nature strives to create a safe, and fun learning environment for all its guests and participants.  Let's get in touch.  


Eat at Quatro's, support Touch of Nature

Eat at Quatro's Tuesday, April 21. Quatro's will donate 20% of your bill to help pay for summer camper's scholarships.  Print out the flyer at the link below and help us make sure boys and girls have a great summer camp expereince..


Camp Little Giant Now Hiring

Touch of Nature's Camp Little Giant is now hiring students for all of its camps.  For more information contact Vicki Lang-Mendenhall at 618/453-1121 or by email at vickil@siu.edu.

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Breaking The Surface - May 2

Breaking the Surface is a free community paddling event.  Come on out and paddle on beautiful Little Grassy Lake.  


The Gathering Place Off Broadway

Something new coming to Touch of Nature.  The Gathering Place Off Broadway opens Friday, April 17, in our Friend's Room.  Dinner and show.  Live music from "The Lucky Old Sons."  

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Open Paddle starts Thursday

Touch of Nature's Open Paddle program begins Thursday, April 16 and rus through May 15.  There is a mandatory instruction program for the first two weeks.  Dall 618/453-1121 to register.  

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Snake Road

We have one more session of "Oh the Places You'll Go, Friday April 17 and 18 with a visit to Snake Road.


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