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Community support is what makes our organization thrive.

Thank you for your interest in supporting Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center! We are proud to have been serving people with disabilities, SIU students and staff, and the surrounding community since 1952. There are several ways listed below to provide support to our facility and the programs we offer. First and foremost, we hope you decide to support us by becoming a member.

Make a Donation

The success of our camps, programs, events and outreach depends on the support of community members.

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SIU Volunteers at Touch of NatureTouch of Nature Outdoor Education Center actively engages many different audiences by offering enjoyable and educational programs for children, youth, adults and seniors. We actively nurture engagement and involvement, and promote diversity and inclusiveness through our varied programs. 

Volunteers are always needed and appreciated during our many public events and camps throughout the year, including the Maple Syrup Festival, Haunted Hollow, and many others.

Touch of Nature is Southern Illinois University's outdoor learning laboratory. We would be more than happy to work with your school, group or organization in exploring Touch of Nature's natural beauty or even arrange a visit from our staff. 

Volunteers are needed to assist in building the mountain bike trails. Community service and Saluki Volunteer Corps and Environmental Ambassador Award hours are available for volunteers, and community is always welcome. Help us build our trails!

Email us at if interested in volunteering or outreach opportunities.


Becoming a member of Touch of Nature is a great way to support while enjoying exclusive discounts, members-only events and more.

Become a Member

Partnerships and Sponsorships

Interested in partnering with Touch of Nature? Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities.

Corporate Sponsors

Current Projects

Our current improvement projects include installing an adaptive swing set, beautifying our administration office, and creating a new welcome plaza.

Current Projects

Friends of Touch of Nature

Friends of Touch of Nature is comprised of members committed to the improvement, development, and enrichment of Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center.

Friends of Touch of Nature