Therapeutic Recreation

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In front of the Friend's Gazebo
young man enjoying a horseback ride
Laura dancing with camper
campers and staff together
Disabled hunt participant

Touch of Nature's Therapeutic Recreation Program provides recreational opportunities to individuals experiencing physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities including, but not limited to, visual and hearing impairments, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, ADD/ADHD, autism and traumatic brain injuries.  The Therapeutic Recreation was made possible by the innovations of Dr. William “Bill” Freeberg. Freeberg was one of the founders of the Special Olympics and in 1952 started the first ever outdoor camp for people with disabilities, Camp Little Giant.

Touch of Nature’s Camp 2 facilities are wheelchair accessible. Our counselors and facilitators do their utmost to ensure an adventure filled with experiences leaving lasting impressions and wonderful memories. 

Participating in exciting outdoor activities, meeting interesting new people, and exploring the world is what an adventure with Touch of Nature Therapeutic Recreation Program (TRP) is all about. Each program is a unique experience, combining the place, the season and participants in your group.

Be prepared to step out of your normal routine and enter a world where time is measured by the sun and the movement governed by wind and weather.

  • To get a better grasp on the program activities, click HERE.
  • For more information about Touch of Nature’s Therapeutic Recreation Program, contact Vicki Lang-Mendenhall at or call 618/453-1121.  

Camp Little Giant

CLG Swimming

Camp Little Giant offers summer residential and day camp opportunities for adults and children with cognitive, physical or developmental disabilities. We focus on providing a safe environment for campers to experience personal growth and enrichment.


Archery Hunting

disabled deer hunt

Archery Hunting for people with disabilities is held in November in conjunction with the Illinois Chapter of Safari Club International. This hunt allows people with disabilities to bow hunt for deer on Touch of Nature's property.

Fall/spring Respites and Camps

CLG Fishing

Outside of  the summer fun of Camp Little Giant, Touch of Nature offers opportunities throughout the calendar year for people with disabilities.  In the fall we host a Traditions Respite Camp, an overnight camp where new and old friends get together for some fun. For more information, contact Vicki Lang at 618-453-3950 or

Family Fun

Family Fun

Touch of Nature provides many opportunities for families to come out and enjoy nature and spend quality time together. Visit our Family Fun page to find out more information on what Touch of Nature offers for families throughout the year.

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.