Spring Eco Mini Camps | Touch of Nature | SIU

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Spring Eco Mini Camps | Touch of Nature | SIU

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Every season is camp season at Touch of Nature. Don't be scared by chilly temperatures or even snow and ice. Discovery in the outdoors is fun every season and sometimes even more fun during the seasons you'd least expect. Our spring camps offer parents a "night off" during Valentine' Day weekend, bring parents and kids together in March and then offer a great opportunity in April for grandparents to spend time with grandchildren.

Each of the three weekends this spring will have two single-night, overnight camp sessions. Please note that registration closes one week prior to camp.

The pricing for each camp is as follows:

$65 for overnight
$60 for past eco campers
$50 for additional siblings
$40 for day camper only
$75 for adults

I "Heart" Eco Mini Camp (for children ages 7-12)

     Session 1: Feb. 12-13     Register online for session 1
     Session 2: Feb. 13-14     Register online for session 2

Parents can get some time for themselves while campers learn about maple syrup making and tree identification from SIU Forestry students. Southern Illinois Audubon Society member Vicki Lang-Mendenhall will lead a birding nature hike. Games, camp activates and a dance party will make this overnight at Touch of Nature a truly sweet time! 

Eco Mini Clan Camp (for children ages 4-14)

     Session 1: March 18-19  Register online for session 1
     Session 2: March 19-20  Register online for session 2

Parents/guardians and their children will have fun learning about other animal families with Sara Stoneski of Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge and SIU student researcher Elliot Zieman. Campers will also enjoy games, outdoor activities and a dance party that will leave you feeling closer to your clan. 

Grand Camp (for children ages 7-12)

     Session 1: April 15-16  Register online for session 1
     Session 2: April 16-17  Register online for session 2

Grandparents and grandchildren will learn about wildlife contraband from Kenzie Roeder of Crab Orchard Fish & Wildlife. Campers will also have an “otterly” awesome time with Andrew Rutter, SIU student researcher, learning about Illinois otters. Other activities include games, outdoor activates and a dance party that will leave you with memories for a lifetime! 

Ways to Register

  • Online at the links above for each individual session.    
  • By phone (Call 618-453-1121)
  • Walk-in (1206 Touch of Nature Rd., Makanda, IL 62958)
    Payment plans are available upon request.

To ensure we give you and your child the safest and most exciting week possible, we ask that you have the following forms submitted no later than one week before camp begins:

Completed Medical Agreement Form and Assumption of Risk/Photo Release forms are required for camps and programs participation and should be returned to Touch of Nature five (5) days prior to the start date.

You may return the forms by

  • E-mail – to tonec@siu.edu
  • Fax – (618) 453-1188
  • In person - to our physical address: 1206 Touch of Nature Road, Makanda, IL  62958 
  • U.S. Mail – to our mailing addess: SIU Mail Code 6888, Carbondale, IL  62901