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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 RecreationEnvironmental EducationUnderway Adventures and Conference Services, Touch of Nature strives to create a safe, and fun learning environment for all its guests and participants.


We’ve decided not to wait until June for Eco Camps!

SIU’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center is hosting I “heart” Eco Camps Mini Camp on Valentines’ Day weekend, February 14-15.  Youth in grades 2-8 will enjoy a host of activities from 2-10 p.m. Saturday through 11 a.m. Sunday while parents will be free to do whatever they want!  Campers can study the sweet process of maple syrup-making and spend some time outside studying winter ecology.  Admission is $40 for Saturday only campers and $60 for overnight campers.  Admission is $50 for former Touch of Nature Eco-campers and siblings.  Saturday night dinner, Sunday breakfast and snacks included.  Registration details coming soon.  For more information email Steve Gariepy at mammoth@siu.edu or call 618/453-1121.  

Maple Festival is Saturday and Sunday, February 21-22

Touch of Nature's annual Maple Festival is is going to be bigger and better than ever,  Find out more details here.   

Adventures in Arches: A Moab Sampler

Touch of Nature's Underway Adventures Program is offering a guided desert experience this Spring Break in Moab, Utah. Adventures in Arches: A Moab Sampler includes several days of backcountry travel with plenty of visits to Utah's magnificent arches and other scenery.  Enjoy the convenience of front country camping throughout your trip.  Email tonec@siu.edu for more details or call 618/453-1121.

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