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Touch of Nature’s 2018 Summer Camp season runs June through August for campers of all ages.

Camp Little Giant has been offering lifetime memories and experiences since 1952 and is one of the first residential camps of its kind in the nation to offer camping opportunities for people with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. 

Touch of Nature Environmental Center, located near the beautiful Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois, offers a variety of exciting, educational, and adventurous summer camps, or as we call them EdVenture CampsWhat better way to mix education, fun and an appreciation of the natural world around us.  

Registration for all of our summer camps is forthcoming! Our staff is already planning our 2019 camps and retreats schedule.  In the meantime, why not consider sending a camper on an adventure of a lifetime?  Find out more about how you can make a difference by providing a Campership.

Take a look at our 2018 Summer Camps brochure below:  


EdVenture Camps 

 EdVenture Camp - tarp cover

Children and youth ages 7-15 will enjoy a week-long adventure during our EdVenture Camps.  EdVenture Camps includes both day camps and overnight camps.  Each day is filled with an adventure and a learning experience.  Activities range from exploring the Shawnee National Forest, canoeing and kayaking on Little Grassy Lake, rock climbing, nature hikes, zooming down our zip line and much more.  

We'll be announcing our 2019 EdVenture camps line up soon.  

Camp Little Giant

Camp Little Giant

Camp Little Giant is a 1 to 2 week long residential camp for children and adults ages 8 to 88 serving individuals with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities.  It offers campers an authentic overnight camping experience and is designed to meet the needs of everyone! Activities include: swimming, boating, horseback riding, nature quests, fishing, arts and crafts, and much more.

Registration for all 2019 Camp Little Giant sessions will be available soon.  Convenient payment plans are available.  For questions, contact Vicki Lang-Mendenhall at

Eco Winter Mini-Camp

 winter mini-camp

Our overnight winter mini-camp is generally held in mid-Februuary.  Campers learn about trees, maple syrup production. winter birds, animal tracks and more.  Games, arts and crafts, a campfire, participatory music and more will make this a great overnight camping experience.  

Registration is coming soon.  

Respite Camps 

Respite 2018 hayride

Respite Camps are for adults ages 18 to 88. The Camp Little Giant tradition continues into the fall with the Traditions Respite Camp. Adults with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities will enjoy an authentic overnight camp experience. Activities include arts and crafts, sports and games, beachfront activities, boating, dancing, a hayride, a campfire and much more.