Touch of Nature Environmental Center’s trail stewardship initiative began during the fall 2014 semester. Its mission was to restore and build the Center’s hiking trail system, which had been lost over the years to the surrounding forest.
Since then, it has grown to become an environmental education program in its own right, integrating educational components as well as become a community-building project for the center utilizing volunteer work from many campus and community organizations.
The trails initiative is an integral part of the renewal of Touch of Nature as a regional resource in connecting people to the surrounding land, as well as, promoting hiking and paddling for recreation and sustainable, healthy living.
Touch of Nature offers exciting outdoor learning experiences with our Environmental Education Program.
Touch of Nature hosts the American Hiking Society's volunteer vacation program.
Touch of Nature partners with the SIU Rec Center to present the Rocky Ledges 5K Run.