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2019 EdVenture Camps Registration is Now Open!

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:

  • 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.

Have a look at the descriptions below then...

Register for 2019 EdVenture Camp(s)

Eco Camps (Ages 7-10)

Youth in the Wild Day Camp
June 10-14     $230

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 land stewardship skills for beginners. Touch of Nature’s experienced staff will help campers gain knowledge and experience in activities such as 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 17-21     $230

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 
June 24-28     $230
This camp is now full!

X-Treme Kids Day Camp (Session 2)
July 8-12     $230

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!

Explorers (Ages 10-13)

Wild Outdoor Week (W.O.W.) Day Camp
June 10-14     $275
This camp is now full!

 

Explorers (Ages 10-13) 

Adventures Underway Overnight Camp
June 17-21     $450
This camp is now full!

Voyageurs (Ages 13-15)

Southern Adventures Day Camp
June 24-28     $350 (*$380)

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.

*If you want an even bigger challenge, Southern Adventures Day Camp will offer an optional overnight experience on Thursday, June 27 for an additional $30. Overnight pricing includes overnight supervision, all gear, Thursday night dinner, Friday breakfast and lunch.

Southern Adventures is limited to 12 participants.

Way of the Paddle Day Camp
July 8-12     $350

More than 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water! Join Touch of Nature staff, trained by the American Canoe Association, to learn and practice canoeing and kayaking skills on the waters of Southern Illinois. The week includes two days of skills training on Little Grassy Lake, a paddle at the Cache River State Natural Area (northernmost cypress/tupelo swamp), a day paddling into wild Southern Illinois on Devil’s Kitchen Lake and more. Start now on a lifetime of paddling exploration and recreation with Touch of Nature!