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FREEBERG HALL

Freeberg Hall

Freeberg Hall is the largest dining and meeting room on the Touch of Nature grounds.  It’s named after William “Bill” Freeberg. Freeberg was one of the founders of the Special Olympics and in 1952 started the first ever outdoor camp for people with disabilities, Camp Little Giant.  It’s adjacent to the Sledgefoot Lounge, the Friends Gazebo and a patio.  It’s ideal for conferences, meetings and wedding receptions. Freeberg and Sledgefoot can be rented together or separately.  See the combined Freeberg/Sledgefoot floor plan here.

Room Dimensions: 38’ x 102’
Heating/AC:  no/no
Available Parking: Yes. Free parking

For rates for Freeberg Hall and some of our other facilities, go here.


SLEDGEFOOT LOUNGE

Sledgefoot Lounge

Sledgefoot Lounge is an air-conditioned activity and meeting room with vaulted ceilings, tiled floors and a large stone fireplace.  It is adjacent to Freeberg Hall. 

Room Dimensions: 38’ x 28’
Heating/AC:  yes/yes
Available Parking: Yes. Free parking

For rates for Sledgefoot Lounge and some of our other facilities, go here.


THE FRIENDS ROOM

Friends Room

The Friends Room is located in Little Grassy Lodge.  This beautiful room, with its cathedral ceiling, wrap-around windows and carpeted floors, provides an unobstructed view of wildlife, the surrounding woods and Little Grassy Lake.  See the entire Little Grassy Lodge with the Friends Room floor plan here.  

Room Dimensions:  42’ x 50’
Maximum Guests:  180
Approx.  Banquet Seating:  110
Approx. Theater Seating:  180
Approx.  Classroom Seating:  80
Approx.  U-Shaped Seating:  40
Heating/AC:  yes/yes
Available Parking:  Yes.  Free Parking

For rates for the Friends Room and some of our other facilities, go here.


INDIAN BUILDING

Indian Building

Conveniently located by Little Grassy Lodge, this sandstone building has a large fireplace and provides the perfect setting for any meeting, seminar or get-together.  

Room Dimensions: 30’ x 40’
Maximum Guests: 110
Approx. Banquet Seating: 48
Approx. Theater Seating: 110
Approx. Classroom Seating: 40
Approx. U-Shaped Seating: 25
Heating/AC:  yes/yes
Available Parking: Yes. Free parking

For rates for the Indian Building and some of our other facilities, go here.


CAMP I DINING HALL

Camp I Dining Hall

The Camp I Dining Hall is a dining facility and activity room.  It has vaulted ceilings, a fireplace and tile floors.  

Room Dimensions: 92’ x 26’
Heating/AC:  yes/no
Available Parking: Yes. Free parking

For rates for the Camp 1 Dining Hall and some of our other facilities, go here.


OUTDOOR FACILITIES 

Touch of Nature Environmental Center has two amphitheaters, one in Camp 1 and Camp 2.  Several pavilions are located throughout our grounds.  

Amphitheater

This beautiful amphitheater was built in 2014 by SIU Architecture and Interior Design students in the ARC242 Building Technology I: Wood class.  The amphitheater overlooks Little Grassy Lake and is ideal for weddings, receptions and outdoor performances.

Maximum Guests:  120
Approx. Theater Seating:  120

For rates for our outdoor facilities, go here.