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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 Education

Therapeutic 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.  

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Illinois Native Plant Society: June 3-5

flowersTouch of Nature welcomes the Illinois Native Plant Society for its annual gathering June 3-5.  The event is hosted by the Southern Chapter of INPS.  To register, please visit iNPS's website here.  Lodging accommodations should be made by contacting Touch of Nature directly by calling 618/453-1121  #INPS2016.

Dawg Days Registration Underway

Dawg DaysDawg Days welcomes the SIU class of 2020.  Registration is now underway.  This year, incoming freshmen can chose from one of five sessions, including three four-day three-night extended orientation sessions or two Dawg Days adventure sessions which include wilderness expeditions to either the Colorado Rockies or the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.  Register online at the Dawg Days website here.

Register for EdVenture Summer Camps

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.

June 13-17: Leadership Overnight Camp

Kelsie facilitating rock climbing One of our newest camps this season is our Leadership Overnight Camp for youth ages 13-15. This unique camp gives future leaders the chance to work on their leadership skills through challenge courses, environmental interpretation, service learning and short expeditions.  Each camper will have an opportunity to be placed in a leadership role during various activities, while being mentored by our experienced staff.  Once campers complete this camp, they may be asked to return to help take on a leadership role for other EdVenture camps.  If you know a talented young person who loves the outdoors and would benefit from this camp, please register here.  

Register for Camp Little Giant

Camp Olympia

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

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