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Experience the art of making maple syrup. Touch of Nature hosts a Maple Syrup Production Demonstration, Sunday, January 30 from 1-4 p.m. Participants will learn about the history of maple syruping in North America, the science behind the production. and experience first-hand the actual process of making maple syrup. This is a "hands on" experience. Please dress for the weather and be prepared to be outside for this program. Children welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Register here

Maple Syrup Production Demonstration

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



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.

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.



Basecamp 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. 

Veteran Adventures

Veteran Adventures

Touch of Nature offers environmental programs and events tailored to support veterans' transitions from military life to civilian life.


TON Trails are now open!

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

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

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We offer several hospitality services, including outdoor spaces, indoor facilities, lodging, dining and custom activities for your next event, meeting and conference.