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Catalyst Race Series

Touch of Nature hosts several community-focused events annually that highlight the excitement of outdoor education while showcasing the natural beauty of our 3400 acres.

These events help us fulfill parts of our mission, including enhancing experiential learning and increasing environmental awareness.

Touch of Nature is committed to offering our participants safe, fun, and enjoyable experiences devoted to equity, inclusion and diversity. 

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SIU pancake breakfast

Maple Syrup Festival

Rescheduled to March 26-27, 2022

Enjoy two full days of family fun at the annual Maple Syrup Festival.

Welcome to all ages, this event includes demonstrations, children's activities, artist booths, live music, and a pancake breakfast featuring syrup harvested from sap from sugar maple trees on our property. 

Catalyst Race Series

Catalyst Race Series

The final leg of the 2022 Catalyst Race Series takes place Saturday, June 25 at Touch of Nature. Visit the Catalyst Race Series here for information on all three stops along the tour.


Haunted Hollow

Sunday, October 23, 2022

The Haunted Hollow provides a perfect Halloween atmosphere for everyone with a balance of laughs and gasps in a safe and fun environment, featuring a haunted hayride and a host of other family-friendly activities.