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Plan your wedding, meeting, conference or special event at Touch of Nature.  

We're located eight miles southeast of Carbondale, on Giant City Road in the rolling hills of Southern Illinois on the shores of 1200 acre Little Grassy Lake.  Giant City State Park, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, the River to River Trail and the Shawnee National Forest border our 3,100 acres.

It is a beautiful, peaceful setting ideally suited for nature study, recreation, reflection, or for just relaxing.

Touch of Nature, with its outdoor spaces, indoor facilities, and lodging is capable of hosting several types of events, including:

  • Business and Board Meetings
  • Conferences and Events
  • Staff, Church and Family Retreats or Reunions
  • Field Trips
  • Weddings

Below is a description of our services, policies, guidelines and other helpful information.  Get in Touch.  

Get in touch with our Facilities and Conference Director Alan Teska at 618/453-3941 or ateska@siu.edu for questions and information.  


Get in touch with Alan Teska at 618/453-3941 or ateska@siu.edu for more information.


Other things to do. 

Depending on your event, we can offer a myriad of additional options for your outdoor experience on our grounds and at nearby locations.  Some of the things we can provide include:

      Plus two zip lines, opportunities for hiking, and much more.

Get in touch with our Facilities and Conference Director Alan Teska at 618/453-3941or ateska@siu.edu for questions on how to enhance your experience at Touch of Nature.