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Your Support Helps Serves Our Mission

Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center serves the students at SIU, the Southern Illinois region, the nation as an outdoor laboratory for experiential learning, and as a field site for research. These services are provided through recreation therapy, environmental education and adventure education programs that provide personal and interpersonal growth experiences.

Please give what you can knowing your contribution makes a difference. You can also support our Mountain Bike Trails project. Thank you for being an important part of the unique, life-enriching programs at Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center!

Partners and Sponsors

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

Corporate Sponsors


Sometimes a family can't afford the costs of some of our camps. By choosing a campership, you can help send a camper on the adventure of a lifetime.

Camp Little Giant offers children and adults with mental, physical and developmental disabilities an eye-opening view of their own capabilities, and the belief that they can increase their confidence and independence.

EdVenture Camps offer children and youth ages 7-15 a traditional camp experience, along with learning about the natural world around them.

Payroll Deductions

A payroll deduction plan is a great giving option. Donating a small amount each payroll can work for every budget and adds up to make a significant impact.  

SIU employees may use the payroll deduction form.

If your company or organization would like information about how to include Touch of Nature as a payroll deduction option for your employees, please contact Sara Bond by email at

Veteran Adventures 

Veteran Adventures is a program designed to help ease the transition from military life to civilian life for veterans and current military personnel by offering expeditions and events free of charge. 

Your donation supports a range of veteran programs and events, including wilderness and hunting trips, rafting and canoeing trips, backpacking expeditions and more.

Become a Friend of Touch of Nature!

Item Donations

General Facility Needs (new items only please)

Large Scale Facility Needs (new preferred but lightly used considered)

  • Van with wheelchair lift
  • 2 – Commercial Lawn Mowers
  • 2 – Side-by-Side Mules
  • 1 – golf cart that can carry at least 4 people
  • 2 – Portable Warehouses for storage

Camp Little Giant Wish List

Please contact Tom Brummer at 618-453-3941 if there are items you’d like to donate, as some of the items may be specific. 

Visit our wish list here.  

An In Kind donation form can be found here.