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Touch of Nature Celebrates the Special Olympics

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2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics.  It was    the fulfillment of Eunice Kennedy Shriver's dream in helping those with disabilities live a more normal life through participation in sports.  

What you may not know is Mrs. Shriver's vision coincided with the pioneering work in therapeutic recreation conducted in the early 1950's by Dr. William Freeberg at what eventually would become Touch of Nature. 

Please mark your calendar for Friday, April 6 as Touch of Nature holds a daylong celebration of this historic milestone as the site for the kickoff of the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Celebration


Volunteers working hard on our trail systems. Trail Stewardship days are off to a wonderful start! We had an amazing turn out on March 4 and hope to continue to see as many willing volunteers come out for more trail building stewardship days!

Groups and individuals are invited and encouraged to volunteer to help restore and expand Touch of Nature's expansive trail system through Trail Stewardship Days. 

Community Service, Saluki Volunteer Corps and Environmental Ambassador Award hours are available for SIU students. 

Click here to register for the trail stewardship volunteer opportunities. 

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 Get your hands on one of our Quatros fundraiser flyers and bring it to Quatros with your order and they will donate 30 percent of sales to Touch of Nature! 

Your support helps enhance the programs and facilities at Touch of Nature, including Camp Little Giant, our summer camps that specialize in campers with disabilities. 


All of our 2018 Summer Camps are open for registration.  

   Mountain BikeHave you heard?  Touch of Nature is bringing brand-new mountain biking opportunities to Southern Illinois.  Our first Mountain Bike Trail Session takes place Sunday, March 18.  Visit our Multi-use trails page for more details.


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