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Touch of Nature Environmental Center

SIU's Outdoor Laboratory and Retreat Center

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Touch of Nature Environmental Center serves Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the region, and the nation as an outdoor laboratory for experiential learning, a field site for research, and a provider of therapeutic recreation, environmental education, outdoor adventure, personal and interpersonal growth experiences and conference service facilities. Through its four entities, 

Therapeutic Recreation

Environmental Education

Adventure Education 

and Conference Services,

Touch of Nature strives to create a safe, and fun learning environment for all its guests and participants.  Let's get in touch.  


Breaking The Surface - May 2

Breaking the Surface is a free community paddling event.  Come on out and paddle on beautiful Little Grassy Lake.  


Camp Little Giant Now Hiring

Touch of Nature's Camp Little Giant is now hiring students for all of its camps.  For more information contact Vicki Lang-Mendenhall at 618/453-1121 or by email at vickil@siu.edu.

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The Gathering Place Off Broadway

The Gathering Place Off Broadway opened Friday, April 17 in our Friend's Room with dinner and live music from St. Louis's "The Lucky Old Sons."  Don't miss Kenny Evans this Friday, April 24, and Blend on Saturday, May 9.

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Open Paddle through May 15

Touch of Nature's Open Paddle program runs through May 15.  There is a mandatory instruction program for the first two weeks.  Dall 618/453-1121 to register.  

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