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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 is Southern Illinois University’s outdoor education and recreation center serving SIU, 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.  


Back to Campus and Fall Events

Camp Little Giant-Dyna Camp: July 24-30

Camp Little Giant has been offering lifetime memories and experiences since 1952. The wooded setting, lake front and accessible environment allows us to combine the best of traditional camp programming with specially selected and adapted activities to meet the needs of our campers.Dyna campDyna Camp is for youth ages 8-19 with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and attention deficit disorder.
Dyna Camp is July 24-30.  For questions please visit the Camp Little Giant page here, or contact Vicki Lang-Mendenhall at or 618/453-1121.

Dawg Days Extended Orientation: August 14-17

Dawg DaysDawg Days welcomes the SIU class of 2020.  Online registration is underway through August 7.  Dawg Days is a terrific way for incoming freshmen to transition into college life, learn about SIU, meet some new friends and have a lot of outdoor fun.    

Visit for more information and to register.  

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