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Rocky Ledges Trail


Touch of Nature Environmental Center’s trail stewardship initiative began during the fall 2014 semester.  Its mission was to restore and build the Center’s hiking trail system, which had been lost over the years to the surrounding forest.

Since then, it has grown to become an environmental education program in its own right, integrating educational components as well as become a community-building project for the center utilizing volunteer work from many campus and community organizations.

The trails initiative is an integral part of the renewal of Touch of Nature as a regional resource in connecting people to the surrounding land, as well as, promoting hiking and paddling for recreation and sustainable, healthy living.

Fall 2018 Trail Stewardship Projects

The dates for our fall 2018 trail stewardship dates are below.  Community Service, Saluki Volunteer Corps and Environmental Ambassador Award hours are available for volunteers.  We'll provide the tools.  You provide a water bottle, some snacks and your hard work.  Please register 48 hours in advance for and all sessions at the button below.

Sunday, September 2        9 a.m.- noon     1-4 p.m.

Sunday, September 9        9 a.m.- noon     1-4 p.m.

Sunday, September 16      9 a.m.- noon     1-4 p.m.

Sunday, September 23      9 a.m.- noon     1-4 p.m.

Canceled - Sunday, September 30      9 a.m.- noon     1-4 p.m.

Canceled - Sunday, October 7             9 a.m.- noon     1-4 p.m.

Sunday, October 14           9 a.m.- noon     1-4 p.m.

Sunday, October 21           9 a.m.- noon     1-4 p.m.

Sunday, October 28           9 a.m.- noon     1-4 p.m.

Sunday, November 4         9 a.m.- noon     1-4 p.m.

Register Here

Environmental Education

Environmental Education

Touch of Nature offers exciting outdoor learning experiences with our Environmental Education Program.

American Hiking Society

American Hiking Society

Touch of Nature hosts the American Hiking Society's volunteer vacation program, Oct 14-20, 2018.  

Rocky Ledges 5K Run

Rocky Ledges 5K Run

Touch of Nature partners with the SIU Rec Center to present the Rocky Ledges 5K run, April 14, 2018.