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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 tonec@siu.edu.

2020 EdVenture Camps

Touch of Nature Environmental Center offers a variety of exciting, educational, and adventurous summer camps or as we call them EdVenture Camps.  They fall into the three categories below:

  • Eco Day Camps - Ages 7-10
  • Explorer Camps – Ages 10-13
  • Voyageur Camps – Ages 13-15 

Discounts available on EdVenture Camps:

We're offering discounts on individual camps through March 13.  Check the EdVenture Camp Discounts below for the pricing for each individual camp.

Other discounts available:

  • Multi-Camp discount: Register for ANY three or more camps and receive a 10 percent discount off the third and additional registration fees.
  • Multi-camper discount: Register ANY two campers and receive a 10 percent discount of the second and additional registration fees
  • Touch of Nature members at Three-Year Level ($150) or above receive a 10 percent discount on each camp.

Contact our office for credit information or questions at 618/453-1121 or tonec@siu.edu.

Eco Camps (Ages 7-10)

*Youth in the Wild Day Camp
June 8-12     $245
*$35 off through March 13.

Have you always wondered what it’s like to explore the wild like your pal Bigfoot? Come to Youth in the Wild Day Camp and learn basic outdoor survival skills. Touch of Nature’s experienced staff will help campers gain knowledge and experience in land navigation, creek exploration, shelter building, mammoth hunting and much more!  Campers will get the opportunity to try something new by zooming down our zip-line, exploring the Shawnee National Forest, making new friends and more! 

*X-Treme Kids Day Camp 
(Session 1) June 15-19     $245
*$35 off through March 13.

X-Treme Kids Day Camp is the best way to get out and enjoy the wilderness. The fun never stops with each day full of exciting activities: hiking, paddleboat rides, nature art, ziplining, rock climbing and more! Campers will be able to bring the memories they made at camp home with a souvenir T-shirt! Get ready to get outside, have adventures and make new friends!

*Aqua Adventures Day Camp 
(Session 1) June 22-26     $245
*$35 off through March 13.

The fun never stops at Touch of Nature’s Aqua Adventures Day Camp. Campers will learn how to protect our most important natural resource by exploring the Little Grassy Lake watershed. While uncovering the mystery of the lake, campers will participate in water based games, learn about aquatic animals, and even go on a pontoon boat ride! If your camper needs even more excitement, they will get to venture on land and take a thrilling ride on our zipline.

*X-Treme Kids Day Camp 
(Session 2) July 6-10     $245
*$35 off through March 13.

X-Treme Kids Day Camp is the best way to get out and enjoy the wilderness. The fun never stops with each day full of exciting activities: hiking, paddleboat rides, nature art, ziplining, rock climbing and more! Campers will be able to bring the memories they made at camp home with a souvenir T-shirt! Get ready to get outside, have adventures and make new friends!

*Aqua Adventures Day Camp 
(Session 2) July 20-24     $245
*$35 off through March 13.

The fun never stops at Touch of Nature’s Aqua Adventures Day Camp. Campers will learn how to protect our most important natural resource by exploring the Little Grassy Lake watershed. While uncovering the mystery of the lake, campers will participate in water based games, learn about aquatic animals, and even go on a pontoon boat ride! If your camper needs even more excitement, they will get to venture on land and take a thrilling ride on our zipline.

Explorers (Ages 10-13) 

*Wild Outdoor Week W.O.W.) Day Camp
June 8-12       $300
*$40 off through March 13.

Wild Outdoor Week (WOW!) day camp is the wildest way to spend summer days in Southern Illinois. Come join us for swimming, rock climbing, canoeing, ziplining and on our high ropes course! Whether you are making new friends or getting reacquainted with old ones, your days will jam packed with outdoor fun!

 

Explorers (Ages 10-13) 

 

*Shawnee Explorer Overnight Camp
June 15-19     $450
*$40 off through March 13.

Ever wonder what it is like to experience a true traditional summer camp? Touch of Nature is now offering Shawnee Explorers, a new traditional overnight camp. Live the classic camp lifestyle by sleeping in Touch of Nature cabins at night and exploring the 3100 acre property during the day. Campers will participate in activities such as scavenger hunts, charades, arts and crafts, relay races, and our very own EdVenture Camp Olympics. No camp is complete without friendship bracelets, bon fires and s’mores- so sign up today to join in on a new tradition.

Shawnee Explorer is limited to 14 participants.

*Adventures Underway Overnight Camp
July 13-17     $450
*$40 off through March 13.

Experience a week of adventure at Touch of Nature! Your first couple of nights will be spent making new friends in the Touch of Nature cabins. After that, your nights will be spent under the stars tent camping at Touch of Nature’s premier water front campsites.  Your days will be jam packed with hiking, swimming, learning outdoor skills and exploring new heights on our high ropes course. While your adventures are underway, enjoy some classic camp traditions-roasting marshmallows over the fire, sleeping under the stars, and making life-long friends.

Adventures Underway is limited to 14 participants.

Voyageurs (Ages 13-15)

*Southern Adventures Day Camp
July 13-17     $350 (*$390)
*$30 off through March 13

At Southern Adventures Day Camp campers get to explore the hidden gems of Southern Illinois. Spend your days going on new adventures by hiking through forests, climbing sandstone bluffs, and exploring swamps. The places you’ll explore include Jackson Falls, Bell Smith Springs, Heron Pond, Cache River and Garden of the Gods.  Along the way, your campers will be trained in a Leave No Trace Awareness workshop.

This camp provides an optional overnight on Thursday, July 16 for an extra $40.00. Overnight pricing will include overnight supervision, all gear, Thursday night dinner, Friday breakfast, and lunch.

Southern Adventures is limited to 12 participants.

 

*Counselor-in-Training/Leadership Development Day Camp
Week 1, June 29-July 3, AND week 2, July 6-10.
Week one $325, week 2 only $100 (Participants will be helping another camp)

*$40 off through March 13 (Week 1 only!.)

Are you ready to learn the skills necessary to become a summer camp counselor? Touch of Nature’s new counselor-in-training summer camp offers teens the opportunity to develop the leadership and skills needed to become a camp counselor in the future. During the first week you will focus on group dynamics, teamwork and communication skills, while rock climbing, hiking, swimming, and during the second week you will be shadowing current camp counselors while learning the ins and outs of camp life.

CIT Camp will go for two weeks – Campers must attend the first week to attend the second. 

This camp is limited to eight (8) participants.