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Eclipse On August 21, 2017, Southern Illinois will become the eclipse crossroads of America.  SIU's Touch of Nature is right in its path as well and we offer all sorts of unique opportunities to experience it in our pristine natural setting. 

Find out more information regarding lodging and eclipse-related activities on our 2017 Eclipse Page.  


Back to Campus and Fall Events

Backpack the Appalachian Trail during fall break

Still thinking about what to do during fall break?  Hike the scenic Appalachian Trail Oct. 7-11.  There will be an informational meeting Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the SIU Rec Center.  For more information, visit the Outdoor Adventures page here.

Touch of Nature presents Hootin' Annies, Oct 8.

Michael BushHootin' Annies is a new fun family evening program for all ages.  It combines the flavor of a park-ranger style program with a good old-fashioned campfire program.  Each one features a guest speaker presenting an environmental topic. 

Our first Hootin' Annies is Saturday, October 8 from 5-7 p.m. and features Michael Bush, a proponent of treatment-free beekeeping.  To find out more information, check out our Hootin' Annies flier.    

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 sign up for one of several lectures here.

Voyageur Canoe at Breaking the Surface

Voyageur CanoeBack by overwhelming popular demand.  The Voyageur Canoe will be at Breaking the Surface.  Come and paddle on Little Grassy Lake for free.  A shuttle will run from the SIU Arena to Touch of Nature, Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 and 3 p.m., and from Touch of Nature to SIU at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Book your Holiday Party at Touch of Nature

Holiday flierTouch of Nature in the fall is a beautiful place to hold your holiday party or special gathering.  Call us today at 618-453-1121 or send us an email at

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