Touch of Nature
1 vision. 24 hours.

President Delyte Morris had a passion for the outdoors and believed that students could benefit from an outdoor laboratory where they can study forestry, botany, agriculture and more.  His idea started to become a reality in 1949 when the SIU Board of Trustees bought 150 acres along Little Grassy Lake and opened SIU’s Little Grassy Lake Campus (now called Touch of Nature Environmental Center).  Since then, Touch of Nature has grown to over 3,100 acres of rolling hills and lush forests which provide the perfect atmosphere for outdoor education and adventure.

 

The mission is to enhance learning, promote professional development, encourage personal and interpersonal development, and increase environmental awareness.  Adventure Education, Therapeutic Recreation, Environmental Education and Veteran Adventures are a few of the programs hosted by Touch of Nature. 

 

Your contribution is an investment in our students’ success.  We are thankful for your generosity. Below are a list of our current funding priorities:

 

Freeberg Legacy Fund: The Freeberg Legacy Fund supports Dr. Bill Freeberg’s vision to provide outdoor education and recreation opportunities for people of all abilities. Funds raised support all camps and programs at Touch of Nature. This specific project will support the purchase of an Alpine Tower that will be used to facilitate leadership development and communication programs, encourage personal and interpersonal development, and provide adaptive opportunities for Camp Little Giant. For more information click the photo below:

 

 

Mountain Bike Trails:  Funds raised to create a new Mountain Bike Park and Trail System at Touch of Nature. The multi-use mountain bike trail system will provide new recreational opportunities for SIU students, locals and visitors to explore southern Illinois’ unique landscape.  The project will also provide students with hands-on recreational resource management learning opportunities not many other universities can match. It will also provide a creative way to tie the Carbondale environment to the Shawnee National Forest.

 

Veteran Adventure Fund:  The Veteran Adventure Fund was developed to support the Veteran Adventures Program. The VA Program provides community building for veterans and current military personnel, presents challenging and adventurous opportunities to strengthen bonds between veterans and current military personnel, shows support and gratitude for the sacrifice that our servicemen and women have made, provides veterans and current military personnel with alternatives for mental health assistance without the stigma of traditional mental health avenues, and fosters a healthier veteran population.

 

Leaderboard
Top 5 Participating Groups (most dollars raised)
This includes dollars during the 24-hour Day of Giving only. Offline dollars will be counted and updated after the 24 hours.
Rank Department Raised
1 School of Medicine $196,336.00
2 College of Education and Human Services $171,847.00
3 Saluki Athletics $139,301.88
4 College of Liberal Arts $113,380.00
5 Diversity Initiatives $101,000.00
6 Performing Arts (Liberal Arts) $79,060.00
7 College of Mass Communication and Media Arts $76,766.00
8 College of Business $64,678.00
9 School of Law $61,801.00
10 Touch of Nature $58,616.00
11 College of Agricultural Sciences $52,382.00
12 Balancing Education, Experience, & Reality Schp. $51,473.35
13 College of Applied Sciences & Arts $32,154.93
14 New Student Programs $20,025.00
15 Saluki Alumni Plaza $19,700.00
16 College of Engineering $17,579.00
17 Morris Library $15,998.00
18 Strong Survivors $13,825.00
19 Student Affairs $7,030.00
20 Marching Salukis (Liberal Arts) $5,519.98
21 Paul Simon Public Policy Institute $5,299.00
22 University Museum $5,130.00
23 WSIU Public Broadcasting $4,895.00
24 SIU Press $4,005.00
25 College of Science $3,880.00
26 General University Scholarships $2,905.00
27 SIU Alumni Association $2,575.00
28 SIU Green Fund Grant Program $1,957.00
29 Student Multi-Cultural Resource Center $1,745.00
30 Campus Lake Fund $855.00
31 Chancellor's Scholars Program $845.00
32 SIU Arboretum $775.00
33 Civil Service Council Education Assistance Program $555.00
34 University Honors Program $385.00
35 Graduate School $290.00
36 Police K-9 Unit $250.00
37 Center for International Education $200.00
38 Center for Archaeological Investigations $120.00
39 The Dawg Lounge $10.00
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Leaderboard
Top 5 Participating Groups (most gifts)
This includes dollars during the 24-hour Day of Giving only. Offline dollars will be counted and updated after the 24 hours.
Rank Department Gifts
1 Balancing Education, Experience, & Reality Schp. 815
2 School of Medicine 285
3 School of Law 235
4 Saluki Athletics 159
5 College of Agricultural Sciences 141
6 College of Applied Sciences & Arts 87
7 Strong Survivors 77
8 College of Liberal Arts 68
9 College of Mass Communication and Media Arts 67
10 Marching Salukis (Liberal Arts) 64
11 College of Engineering 63
12 College of Education and Human Services 62
13 Performing Arts (Liberal Arts) 59
14 College of Business 52
15 Touch of Nature 46
16 Morris Library 39
17 College of Science 38
18 WSIU Public Broadcasting 35
19 SIU Green Fund Grant Program 34
20 SIU Alumni Association 31
21 Student Affairs 30
22 General University Scholarships 26
23 Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 25
24 Student Multi-Cultural Resource Center 25
25 Saluki Alumni Plaza 24
26 University Museum 21
27 Diversity Initiatives 19
28 SIU Press 19
29 Campus Lake Fund 15
30 Civil Service Council Education Assistance Program 13
31 SIU Arboretum 12
32 University Honors Program 7
33 Chancellor's Scholars Program 6
34 Graduate School 5
35 Police K-9 Unit 5
36 Center for International Education 4
37 Center for Archaeological Investigations 4
38 New Student Programs 2
39 The Dawg Lounge 1
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Rank State Donors
1 IL 39
2 AZ 2
3 IN 1
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