Therapeutic Recreation

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horse back riding

Touch of Nature's Therapeutic Recreation Program provides recreational opportunities to individuals experiencing physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities including, but not limited to, visual and hearing impairments, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, ADD/ADHD, autism and traumatic brain injuries.  The Therapeutic Recreation was made possible by the innovations of Dr. 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.

Touch of Nature’s Camp 2 facilities are wheelchair accessible. Our counselors and facilitators do their utmost to ensure an adventure filled with experiences leaving lasting impressions and wonderful memories. 

Participating in exciting outdoor activities, meeting interesting new people, and exploring the world is what an adventure with Touch of Nature Therapeutic Recreation Program (TRP) is all about. Each program is a unique experience, combining the place, the season and participants in your group.

To get a better grasp on the program activities, click HERE.

Be prepared to step out of your normal routine and enter a world where time is measured by the sun and the movement governed by wind and weather.

For more information about Touch of Nature’s Therapeutic Recreation Program, contact Vicki Lang-Mendenhall at vickil@siu.edu or call 618/453-1121.  

Camp Little Giant

CLG Swimming

Camp Little Giant offers summer residential and day camp opportunities for adults and children with cognitive, physical or developmental disabilities. We focus on providing a safe environment for campers to experience personal growth and enrichment.

Archery Hunting

Archery hunting

Archery Hunting for people with disabilities is held in November in conjunction with the Illinois Chapter of Safari Club International. This hunt allows people with disabillities to bow hunt for deer on Touch of Nature's property.

Fall/spring Respites and Camps

CLG Fishing

Outside of  the summer fun of Camp Little Giant, Touch of Nature offers opportunities throughout the calendar year for people with disabilities.  In the fall we host a Traditions Respite Camp, an overnight camp where new and old friends get together for some fun. Fall 2017 will see our first ever Camp Beta for children with diabetes.  For more information on either of these camps, contact Vicki lang at 618-453-3950 or vickil@siu.edu.

Family Fun

Family Fun

Touch of Nature provides many opportunities for families to come out and enjoy nature and spend quality time together. Click Family Fun to find out more information on what Touch of Nature offers for families.