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Registration for 2019 Summer Camps is now available.

Touch of Nature’s 2019 Summer Camp season runs June through August for campers of all ages.

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. 

Camperships

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

View our 2019 summer camps brochure and register your campers today!

 

EdVenture Camps 

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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.  

Registration for our 2019 EdVenture Camp season is now open.  Find out detains and register here.

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 vickil@siu.edu

Camp BETA:  September 14-15

Camp BETA Camp BETA is an overnight camp for youth ages 9-15 with Type 1 diabetes.  The Camp is well supervised by both medical professionals and our camp counselors.  Activities for campers include hiking, fishing, arts and crafts, ziplining, team building exercises and more.  Parents also learn valuable tips on how to assist their children with managing diabetes.  Camp BETA is sponsored by Touch of Nature, Southern Illinois Healthcare, the Diabetes Resource Team and the Lions Club of Carbondale.  

Registration for Camp BETA 2019 is now open. 

Click here to register.  

 Eco Winter Mini-Camp

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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 

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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.