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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 canoe on Little Grassy Lakeserves 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.                                     

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Celebrate the Holidays at Touch of Nature

Let Touch of Nature's Conference Services plan the details for your holiday gathering.  Click here for more information.

Celebrate Trail Stewardship Weekend at touch of Nature

Touch of Nature will have a trail stewardship weekend this Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23.  We're looking for volunteers to assist us with trail maintenance.  Drop by 1-4 p.m. Saturday, or Sunday 9 a.m-noon or 1-4 p.m..  We'll provide the tools.  Wear appropriate clothing, and please bring a water bottle and snacks.  Please call 618/453-1121 to let us know you're coming.  

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