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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,

Conference Services 

Therapeutic Recreation

Environmental Education

Adventure Education 

Touch of Nature strives to create a safe, and fun learning environment for all its guests and participants.  Let's get in touch.  


Sunday Drive Variety Show: August 8

Sunday DriveThe Gathering Place off Broadway presents, from Knoxville, Tennessee, "Sunday Drive". They will be performing songs from the 50's, 60's and 70's along with your Gospel favorites, Patriotic songs and a whole lot of comedy. Also included will be a selection of songs from the "Carpenters".  A show of clean family fun to kick and relax. Purchase a ticket now, while seating is still available.

Two Show Event: Matinee 1-2:30 p.m.: Tickets:  $20.00 (Advanced tickets not required)

Evening show tickets: $40 General Admission, $55 VIP seating

Doors open 6:00 pm, Dinner 6:30 pm, Showtime 7:30 pm (Advance ticket purchase only.)

Dawg Days Freshman Retreat: August 16-19

Dawg DaysDAWG DAYS is a four day and three night retreat for incoming freshmen at Southern Illinois University and is held on the beautiful grounds at Touch of Nature Environmental Center. DAWG DAYS welcomes the Freshman class to southern Illinois with the purpose of giving them an opportunity to have fun, make friends, and learn more about life at Southern Illinois University.  

Buffalo Tro: 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.

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