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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 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.  


Summer camp season is here! Some featured camps for July are below.

Wild Things Day Camp: July 18-22

Barred Owl This camp is for ages 7-10.  Touch of Nature is full of all sorts of wild things including deer, turkeys, eagles, bobcats, fish, snakes, groundhogs, salamanders, turtles, owls, and more!  Hike and paddle our 3,100 acres. Learn about different animals, their habitat and behavior, and how to conserve and protect them.  Show your wild side at Eco Camp! 

The cost for this five-day adventure is only $200. 

You can register online here.  

Camp Little Giant-Dyna Camp: July 24-30

Camp Little Giant has been offering lifetime memories and experiences since 1952. The wooded setting, lake front and accessible environment allows us to combine the best of traditional camp programming with specially selected and adapted activities to meet the needs of our campers.Dyna campDyna Camp is for youth ages 8-19 with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and attention deficit disorder.  

Dyna Camp is July 24-30.  Register online here.

For questions please visit the Camp Little Giant page here, or contact Vicki Lang-Mendenhall at or 618/453-1121.

Wild Outdoor Week (WOW) Camp: July 25-29

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This camp is for ages 10-13. Wild Outdoor Week (WOW!) day camp is the wildest way to spend summer days in Southern Illinois. Come join us for swimming, rock climbing, canoeing and zip-lining.  Your days will be jam-packed with activity, learning survival skills and tie-dyeing your own souvenir t-shirt. 

The cost for this 5-day adventure is only $250.  You can register online here.  

Dawg Days Extended Orientation: August 14-17

Dawg DaysDawg Days welcomes the SIU class of 2020.  Registration is now underway.  This year, incoming freshmen can chose from one of three four-day three-night extended orientation sessions.  

Visit for more information and to register.  

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