Veteran Adventures

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What is Veteran Adventures?

Veteran Adventures is a veterans program started by SIU's Touch of Nature Environmental Center and SIU Veteran Services which aims to accomplish the following:

  • Provide community building for veterans and current military personnel.
  • Present challenging and adventurous opportunities to strengthen bonds between veterans and current military personnel.
  • Show support and gratitude for the sacrifice that our servicemen and women have made.
  • Provide veterans and current military personnel with alternatives for mental health assistance without the stigma of traditional mental health avenues.
  • Foster a healthier veteran population.

Who can participate in Veteran Adventures?

Veteran Adventures is open to all Post 9/11 veterans, student veterans, and members of the National Guard, the Reserves and the Registered Officers' Training Corps (ROTC).

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Veteran Adventure's Mission

SIU Veteran Adventures’ mission is to ease the transition from military life to civilian life for veterans.

Support Veteran Adventures:  

View our Sponsorship Brochure below, then click here to support the Veteran Adventures Program.

Veteran Adventures Hunts

Saturday, Dec. 2 - Pheasant Hunt

Join Veteran Adventures for our second annual controlled pheasant hunt at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park.  Cost: FREE! Gear, transportation and food are provided.  You can find out more information and register here.  

Dec. 8-10 - Veteran Adventures Deer Camp

Veterans from throughout Southern Illinois will gather for the fourth annual Veteran Adventures Deer Camp Dec. 8-10 at Touch of Nature.  Cost: FREE! You can find out more information and register here

Veteran Adventures Trips

Oct, 6-9 - Fall Break Whitewater Adventure

Veterans will get a chance to experience some of the most exciting whitewater rapids in the nation at the Ocoee and Natanhala Rivers in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Cost: FREE!  Find out more information and register here.   

March 10-18 - Spring Break Georgia Loop Trail Backpacking

Veteran Adventures hosts a backpacking trip to the Georgia Loop Trail.  The trail links up to three different trails – the Appalachian Trail, the Duncan Ridge Trail and the Benton MacKaye Trail – to form a loop.  Cost: FREE!  Find out more information and register here