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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.


Attention Students: Work at Touch of Nature

We're now hiring student workers for April through October for Therapeutic Recreation/Camp Little Giant, Underway Adventures, Environmental Education, Conference Services, office and clerical jobs and summer camps.  More information

Members only birding

Join Touch of Nature Environmental Center staffer and birding enthusiast Vicki Lang-Mendenhall for a birding hike, every Friday in February beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Hikers should meet at the Administrative Office for a brief introduction.  Water bottles and comfortable shoes are recommended.  Birding basics will be covered while exploring the flora and fauna of Touch of Nature.  This program is for Touch of Nature Members.  Call 618/453-1121 for more information.  Become a member

spring break slots still open

There's still time to register.  Touch of Nature will take you to one of the most beautiful areas in North America.  Call 618/453-1121 to register.

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Environmental Education Association of Illinois Conference

The Environmental Education Association of Illinois (EEAI) is a group of concerned citizens who are interested in educating people of all ages to the importance of understanding and protecting the environment.  This annual conference, open to educators and students, takes place April 9-11 at Touch of Nature.  

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