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Touch of Nature Environmental Center

SIU's Outdoor Laboratory and Retreat Center

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high ropes pole walkTouch 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

Trail Stewardship Days start September 11

Trail Stewardship DaysGroups and individuals are invited and encouraged to volunteer to help expand Touch of Nature’s trail system through Trail Stewardship Days.  No experience in necessary.  Touch of Nature staff will provide the necessary tools, and how to use them properly and safely.  

Dates and times can be found on our flyer here.  Click here to register.  

Quatro's fundraiser for Veteran Adventures: Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Eat at Quatro’s in Carbondale anytime on Tuesday, September 13 and Quatro’s will donate 30 percent of sales (food, drink or gift certificates) purchased to help support the Veteran Adventures program at SIU’s Touch of Nature.  

Veteran Adventures is a student veteran program started by Touch of Nature and SIU Veteran Services to offer community building to student veterans in the Southern Illinois region by offering outdoor adventures and bow hunting opportunities across the United States and close to home, as well as, show support and gratitude for the sacrifice our service men and women have made.    

Dine in, carry out, order online or call 549-5326.  Mention you’re supporting Veteran Adventures or give your cashier/delivery driver this flier.   Thank you for your support.  

Becoming an outdoors woman: Sept. 16-18

woman climing rockTouch of Nature Environmental Center will be the site of a special weekend for women giving them the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of outdoor adventures.  Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop BOW) is set for Sept. 16-18.  Participants will go rock climbing, rappelling and hiking and try out Touch of Nature’s high rope course and teams course. They can enjoy archery, canoeing, outdoor photography, leatherworking, and orienteering as well as learning first aid and firearms safety. Find additional information and registration materials online here.

Watch for our portable climbing wall

Climbing wall on campusWelcome back Salukis!  Watch for our portable climbing wall at these locations:

and other locations at SIU and across Southern Illinois.  We also offer climbinng wall parties.  Find ouut more information here.  

Stream Discovery Workshop: September 14

Stream Discovery WorkshopThe Stream Discovery Training Workshop is Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Touch of Nature’s Indian Building.  This workshop offers area teachers, educators and others who work with children in grades 5-12 a chance to learn about macroinvertebrate biology, ecology and aquatic identification before they go to a nearby stream to take field samples for analysis.  Find out more information and register for the workshop online here.

Southern Illinois Treatment Free Beekeeping Seminar Series: Oct. 7-9

HoneycombBeekeeping enthusiasts from throughout the region will have the unique opportunity to hear from Michael Bush, one of the leading proponents of treatment free beekeeping October 7 - 9, during the Southern Illinois Treatment Free Beekeeping Seminar Series at Touch of Nature.  Find out more information and signing up for one of several lectures here.

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