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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,

Conference Services 

Therapeutic Recreation

Environmental Education

Adventure Education 

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


Traditions Respite: September 18- 20

Traditions RespiteTraditions Respite is back this fall to continue the tradition of Camp Little Giant. The camp is for people with physical, mental, and cognitive disabilities. We will be participating in different events like arts, crafts, beachfront activities, sports, games, boating, and more!

Buffalo Tro: Friday, October 16

Buffalo TroNow in its fifth year, Buffalo Tro raises funds to enhance our facilities and services at Touch of Nature to offer the best to its customers…you. Our event features dinner, refreshments, and a variety of silent auction and live auctions items to bid on. Save Friday, October 16th for a night of great food and astounding entertainment.

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