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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.  


Your camping adventure begins

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June 8-12, 2015 Entering 5th & 6th grade ($525)
Come spend an adventurous week at Touch of Nature! Spend your days rock climbing, walking on tight ropes on our high ropes course, hiking, canoeing, and more. Learn survival skills that would make Bear Grylls jealous and wear your awesome new tie-dyed shirt home when your parents pick you up. While your adventures are underway, enjoy some classic camp nights roasting marshmallows over the fire, hanging out in our cabins, and spend a few nights sleeping under the stars.

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Camp Little giant needs You

Touch of Nature's Camp Little Giant is now hiring students for its summer camps.  We're looking to hire at least two lifeguards as well as other staff.  For more information contact Vicki Lang-Mendenhall at 618/453-1121 or by email at

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