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Touch of Nature Environmental Center

SIU's Outdoor Laboratory and Retreat Center

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Camp 2 pathTouch 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.  


December 12: Songs for the Season with Monty Jackson

Monty Jackson
Monty Jackson will help you get in the Christmas mood with his songs of the season. He will be performing all fo your holiday favorites like "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and more. Reserve your spot for you and your significant other now for a wonderful night of dinner and drinks.

January 6-14: Wilderness First Responder

Wilderness First ResponderAll students successfully completing this 72 hour course will receive a three-year certification from Wilderness Medical Associates.  Topics include patient assessment, body systems, equipment improvisation, trauma, environmental medicine, toxins, back country medicine, wilderness rescue and much more. Wilderness First Responder Training provides students with the opportunity to receive 3 credit hours or sign up for a recertification course.

December 11-13: Veterans Deer Camp

Veteran Deer CampVeterans get the chance to bow hunt white-tailed deer on 3,100 protected (rarely hunted) acres of Touch of Nature Environmental Center. During this program, veteran hunters will help the wildlife management plan at Touch of Nature and benefit from the camaraderie of deer camp.Registration deadline is Friday, December 4.  Cost is $100 and includes food, lodging, deer stands, guides and gear.
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January 6-14: Veteran Adventures Florida Everglades National Park

Florida Everglades National ParkVeterans have the chance to escape the dreary cold of Illinois during winter break by traveling to the Florida Everglades National Park. Canoeing will be the primary mode of transportation through the ocean, mangroves, rivers and swamps. There will be a good possibility to encounter some majestic manatees during the trip. This trip costs $600 and is all-inclusive (food, transportation, gear, fees, and guides).
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