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Touch of Nature Environmental Center

SIU's Outdoor Laboratory and Retreat Center

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Rocky Ledges TrailTouch of Nature Environmental Center serves Southern Illinois University, 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 Education

Environmental Education

Therapeutic Recreation

Facilities 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.  


Survival Training: October 9,16

Survival TrainingSpend your Fridays "In Touch All Day" where participants will learn about and develop skills in survival priorities, including positive attitude, first aid, shelter building and fire building, signaling for help, treating water and collecting food.

Buffalo Tro: Friday, October 16

Buffalo TroNow in its fifth year, Buffalo Tro raises funds to enhance our facilities and services at Touch of Nature to offer the best to its customers…you. Our event features dinner, refreshments, and a variety of silent auction and live auctions items to bid on. Save Friday, October 16th for a night of great food and astounding entertainment.

Breaking the Surface. October 3

Breaking the SurfaceTake a ride in the Voyageur Canoe.  What better way to welcome in the fall foliage on Little Grassy Lake than with friends and family.  Music, interpretive hikes on Rocky Ledges Trail, snacks served up by local volunteers, and of course, paddling will fill your afternoon out at Touch of Nature! Canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, paddleboats, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ 34-foot Voyageur canoe will all be available for your paddling pleasure! The event lasts from 1-6:30 p.m.

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