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school group hiking at Giant City

Touch of Nature is a National Environmental Education Landmark and has been hosting Environmental Education programs for over 60 years. Our tradition of experiential learning engages students in the environment while educating them about the relationships that connect us to our surroundings. We strive to build a connection between children and nature and to create an awareness of the environment, leading to future stewards for our lands.

Day and residential programs are designed to be an extension of the classroom combining academic, social, and recreational experiences in a fun, camp-like atmosphere. Our programs and activities will have your children hiking through the forest to discover the wildlife that inhabit southern Illinois, paddling on Little Grassy Lake to observe bald eagles flying overhead and learning from each other in a fun outdoor environment.

Our new Education in Motion program allows us to come to your school with one of our traveling programs! We want to tell you all about what we offer at Touch of Nature, how our programs can align to state learning standards, and the grants teachers can apply for to get their students here at little to no cost. 

Not sure what program to choose? Our "Hike and Paddle Flip-flop" is a classic combination of experiential learning and interpretation - perfect for large groups or multi-class field trips! The Flip-flop can be geared toward any age group. Click the link for curriculum and learning standards.

Please contact environmental education coordinator Steve Gariepy at to schedule your program.

*All programs are age adaptive, meaning program content is different depending on the age group.