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Friends gazebo
Hiking Rocky Ledges

Touch of Nature Summer Camp 2020 Updates

Due to the ongoing concern with the coronavirus pandemic, Touch of Nature is canceling all summer camp programs through July 31. This was not an easy decision to make, but the health and wellbeing of our campers and our community is of paramount concern.

Summer Camps affected by this cancelation include all sessions for Touch of Nature Camp Little Giant, EdVenture Camp, and Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois sessions.

Online registrations for EdVenture Camps will be fully refunded. Those registered for Camp Little Giant will be contacted by the Recreation Therapy staff for any necessary refunds. Visit Girl Scout  website for information regarding their camps. For questions and information, email

Camps and Retreats at Touch of Nature

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. 

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. 


Consider sending a camper on an adventure of a lifetime!  Find out more about how you can make a difference by providing a Campership.

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.  

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.

For questions, contact Vicki Lang-Mendenhall at

 Eco Winter Mini-Camp

 winter mini-camp

Our overnight winter mini-camp is generally during Mid-February for children 7-12. .  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.  

Respite Camps 

Respite 2018 hayride

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. Respite Camps are for adults ages 18 to 88. Activities include arts and crafts, sports and games, beachfront activities, boating, dancing, a hayride, a campfire and much more.