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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.  


Cache River Wetlands Saturday April 4

The next "Oh the Places You Go" expedition visits the Cache River Wetlands.  Transport yourself back in time as you glide through the duckweed and 1,000-year-old cypress trees along the hidden gem of Southern Illinois. Examine the unique history of America’s northernmost cypress swamp. Discover why more than 100 endangered or threatened species call it home, and learn how its history flows throughout the region.  $10 for SIU students and those under 12, and $20 for those 13 and older.  

Call 618/453-1121 to register today.  

Attention Students: Work at Touch of Nature

We're now hiring student workers for April through October for Therapeutic Recreation/Camp Little Giant, Underway Adventures, Environmental Education, Conference Services, office and clerical jobs and summer camps.  More information

The Gathering Place Off Broadway

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

More Information.

Environmental Education Association of Illinois Conference

The Environmental Education Association of Illinois (EEAI) is a group of concerned citizens who are interested in educating people of all ages to the importance of understanding and protecting the environment.  This annual conference, open to educators and students, takes place April 9-11 at Touch of Nature.  

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