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Touch of Nature Environmental Center

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Touch of Nature Environmental Center serves Southern Illinois University, 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, adventure education, personal and interpersonal growth experiences and facilities services. Through its four entities, Adventure EducationEnvironmental EducationTherapeutic RecreationFacilities and Services

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


Registration for EdVenture Summer Camps Now open!

Jessica and face paintingRegistration is now available for our day and overnight EdVenture Summer Camps.  Visit our EdVenture Camps page for a descriprion of our camps and register here.

Reel Paddling Film Festival - May 6

Reel Paddling film festival logoPaddling enthusiasts will enjoy viewing a series of some of the world’s best paddling films as the 2016 Reel Paddling Film Festival comes to the SIU Student Center Auditorium, 7 p.m. Friday, May 6.  

The festival is sponsored by Touch of Nature.  Admission is $2 for students and $3 for community members.  A silent auction will also be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Touch of Nature’s annual spring Breaking the Surface free paddling event which takes place the following day, Saturday May 7 at Touch of Nature’s Camp 2 beach on Little Grassy Lake.  More info.

Early Registration available for Camp Little Giant

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Early registration is available for our award-wining Camp Little Giant for children and adults with physical and developmental needs.  Camp Little Giant has served campers with disabilities since 1952 and is one of the first camps of its type in the nation to do so.   For more information, or to register for a Camp Little Giant overnight session, please contact Camp Director Vicki Lang, CTRS, at 618/453-1121.  More information

Breaking the Surface Community Paddling Event and Open House.- May 7

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Paddling across the water, rock climbing, zip lining, interpretive hikes and assorted other adventures await participants at a free May 7 event at Touch of Nature Environmental Center.  The Breaking the Surface Community Paddling Event and Open House will showcase the experiential learning facility and some of the numerous services and programs it offers. Everything is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the Breakng the Surface webpage here.  

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