Touch of Nature

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale is canceling summer camps and conference housing for summer 2020 due to ongoing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Sending a child to overnight camp can be nerve-wracking for any parent. It’s even scarier if they have a child with a chronic illness. But a camp in Illinois offers a safe option for kids who have Type 1 diabetes.

An event this fall in southern Illinois will try to develop strategies to address what organizers say is the urgent crisis of climate change.


A SIU-Carbondale graduate student is just over halfway through a 23-hundred mile trek down the Mississippi River.

Greg Nejmanowski is the coordinator of SIU Touch of Nature's Veteran Adventures Program, which recently lost an Illinois state grant. He is taking the summer long adventure to raise awareness and enlist support for the program through Paddle for Patriots.

Touch Of Nature Benefits From SIU Credit Union.

Jun 13, 2019
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SIU-C’s Touch of Nature received a generous donation today (Thursday) from the S-I-U Credit Union.  An oversized 10-thousand dollar check was presented to Touch of Nature’s Executive Director J-D Tanner, who said it is very rewarding to be recognized.  Kim Babbington, is the Vice President of Community Outreach for the SIU Credit Union, and with misty eyes, said the Credit Union feels that the work of Touch of Nature is very important.

The funds are earmarked for the Dawg Days program.  A special bonding program held each August at Touch of Nature, for incoming SIU Freshmen.

This year’s Dawg Days program is scheduled for August 11th through August 14th.

Puppets Take Over on April 22nd, 2019

Apr 19, 2019

On Earth Day, Monday April 22nd, 2019, the 6th Annual All Species Puppet Parade will take place in Carbondale.

Touch of Nature

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller visits Touch of Nature to talk with Pat Jones and Cassie Roy about 2019 Summer Camps.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Touch of Nature Director JD Tanner and Shane Bennett of The Special Olympics, which got its start in Carbondale 50 years ago.

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The annual Maple Syrup Festival will be held this weekend, Saturday February 25th, 2017 and Sunday February 26th, 2017 at Touch of Nature south of Carbondale.  In this report we learn the basics of harvesting maple sap to make maple syrup.