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Maple Syrup Festival

 Welcome to Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center! 

We had summer packed with camps, retreats, and the love of doing any and everything outdoors!  A great big thanks goes out to our many campers, summer camp staff, and our SIU students for a great summer! 

We have some great community programs coming up this fall-don't miss out, please click the links to the right for more information.  

Please help us welcome our new staff members:  Brian Croft-TON Director, Nicole Gray - Hospitality Services, and Katrina Medernach-Program Coordinator Campus Outdoor Programs 

One lingering camper thought -"Met strangers, left with friends!" -author unknown



Touch of Nature is committed to offering our participants a safe, fun, and enjoyable experience.  To view SIUC’s Coronavirius policy, please visit

Upcoming Events 

Wilderness First Responder Certification

January 7-16, 2023

Maple Syrup Festival

March 25-26, 2023

Alumni, Friends, and Family Weekend

April 15-16, 2023



Touch of Nature hosts experiential education programs, ranging from outdoor education and youth focused workshops to veteran adventures. These programs utilize the many natural resources located here in beautiful Southern Illinois.

Camps - Camp Little Giant

Camps and Retreats

Touch of Nature offers a variety of exciting, educational, and adventurous summer camps, including outdoor adventure camps and Camp Little Giant, offering a great way to mix education, fun and an appreciation of nature.

TON Trails

Veteran Adventures

TON Trails includes 10 miles of multi-use trails for bikers, hikers, and runners. Click here for trail information or check our Facebook page for trail open/close status and updates.

Base Camp


Base Camp offers a variety of equipment available to rent for your next outdoor adventure, regardless of whether it's for a day or several weeks.

Rentals open to SIU students, faculty, staff, and the community. 

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

Touch of Nature offers Leave No Trace trainings, including Master Educator courses, Trainer courses, and awareness workshops, teaching ethical outdoor conservation. 

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Enjoy exclusive discounts and members-only events at Touch of Nature by becoming a member of Friends of Touch of Nature.  Already a member? Consider making a donation to a specific program or volunteering at our next event!

Let us host your next event!

We offer several hospitality services, including outdoor spaces, indoor facilities, lodging, dining, and custom activities for your next event, meeting, and conference. Please no weddings.

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