Adventure Education

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Zip lining from the high ropes course
ready to zip
kayaking campers
girls ready to climb
team building course

The Underway Adventures Program provides shared adventure and individual growth through experiential education and adventure based learning. Underway Adventures uses group processes to help participants increase self-confidence and self-reliance as well as awareness of self and the environment. Individual or group experiences are not measured by end results, but by the attempt of an individual or group to attain challenges that they have set forth for themselves.

Underway Adventures courses can be designed to meet specific needs, goals, and interests of educational, social, corporate and private organizations. In keeping with our philosophy and capabilities, these courses generally last from a half day to 10 days or longer depending on group's needs.

We have two zip lines, one of which is a part of our high ropes course experience. The other is located in Camp 2.  As with the high ropes course, participants are always on belay and wearing safety gear.

Team Building

Team Building

Our Team Building and Development staff provide innovative team building and leadership development programs by using our Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT)  inspected/approved team building course. Courses are designed specifically for your group and can be as short as a couple hours and can be as long as a couple of days.  

High Ropes Course

High Ropes

Our Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) inspected static High Ropes course is guaranteed to give your group an incredible experience. With 3 different levels, each offering its own unique challenges, and a zip-line, our High Ropes Course is perfect for groups of all ages. 


Canoeing and Kayaking

From kayaking on the beautiful 1,200 acre Little Grassy Lake, to canoeing Missouri's 11-Point River, our Canoeing and Kayaking programs are as adventurous as they come! We'll provide all the instruction you'll need to have a fun and safe time on the water.  

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Our Rock Climbing provides a thrilling experience to people of all ages. Climb to new heights at any of Southern Illinois' beautiful sandstone bluffs.  Our well trained staff will guide you around any of these locations for an awesome day of top-rope climbing. We have different skill levels of cliffs to scale based on your experience level.

Dynamic Elements

Pamper Pole

Our Dynamic Elements are a great way to push your group to new heights.  With the option of zip-lines, Pamper Pole, or Milk Crate Climbing, your group will have a blast at Touch of Nature!

Climbing Wall

Portable Climbing Wall

Our portable climbing wall is ready to travel to your next event or be part of the centerpiece for your visit at Touch of Nature Environmental Center.  It provides a fun challenge for both kids and adults.