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Touch of Nature
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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. Please see our funding priorities below and click Give Now at the top of the page to make your gift. 

 

Camp Little Giant: Camp Little Giant has served campers with disabilities since 1952. It was the first University affiliated camp for individuals with disabilities in the nation, the first camp accredited by the American Camp Association, and ultimately paved the way for the Special Olympics. Camp Little Giant provides opportunities for youth and adults to experience the outdoors in a camp setting. We serve individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, musculoskeletal impairments, neurological impairments, neuromuscular impairments, and sensory disorders. Donations to the Therapeutic Recreation Fund support all things Recreation Therapy that take place at Touch of Nature’s Camp Little Giant.

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 supports the Veteran Adventure (VA) Programs. The VA Program provides community building for veterans, current military personnel, and their families. The program presents challenging and adventurous opportunities to strengthen bonds between veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families, 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
Departments with the Most Gifts!
Check out which department has brought in the most gifts for SIU Day!
Rank Department Gifts
1 Balancing Education, Experience, & Reality Schp. 950
2 School of Medicine 369
3 Saluki Athletics 254
4 College of Health and Human Sciences 219
5 College of Agricultural, Life & Physical Sciences 197
6 College of Mass Communication and Media Arts 170
7 College of Engineering 155
8 Marching Salukis (Liberal Arts) 141
9 School of Law 128
10 College of Business and Analytics 125
11 School of Education 124
12 College of Liberal Arts 107
13 Touch of Nature 78
14 Morris Library 76
15 Student Affairs 69
16 SIU Alumni Association 66
17 Strong Survivors 65
18 The Arts (Liberal Arts) 59
19 WSIU Public Broadcasting 56
20 General University Scholarships 53
21 Diversity Initiatives 46
22 Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 43
23 University Museum 33
24 Student Multi-Cultural Resource Center 32
25 Green Roof Project 27
26 Graduate School 23
27 University Honors Program 23
28 SIU Press 19
29 SIU Arboretum 17
30 Center for Archaeological Investigations 14
31 Center for International Education 12
32 Civil Service Council Education Assistance Program 10
33 Research 7
34 SIU Wellness and Health Promotion Services 7
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Leaderboard
Departments by Dollars Raised
Check out which Department has raised the most throughout SIU Day!
Rank Department Raised
1 School of Medicine $373,761.00
2 College of Liberal Arts $327,877.00
3 College of Business and Analytics $320,638.00
4 Saluki Athletics $270,124.29
5 College of Health and Human Sciences $190,391.94
6 College of Agricultural, Life & Physical Sciences $131,183.82
7 Morris Library $113,270.00
8 College of Engineering $103,696.90
9 School of Law $97,470.00
10 School of Education $70,639.00
11 Balancing Education, Experience, & Reality Schp. $65,724.53
12 General University Scholarships $55,046.00
13 Touch of Nature $52,325.00
14 College of Mass Communication and Media Arts $51,385.94
15 The Arts (Liberal Arts) $36,075.00
16 SIU Alumni Association $16,277.00
17 Marching Salukis (Liberal Arts) $11,999.88
18 Paul Simon Public Policy Institute $8,335.00
19 Diversity Initiatives $6,695.00
20 University Museum $6,270.00
21 WSIU Public Broadcasting $5,945.00
22 Strong Survivors $5,770.00
23 Student Affairs $5,260.18
24 Graduate School $2,035.00
25 SIU Press $1,955.00
26 Student Multi-Cultural Resource Center $1,870.00
27 University Honors Program $1,555.00
28 Green Roof Project $1,550.00
29 SIU Arboretum $1,505.00
30 Center for International Education $1,420.00
31 Research $920.00
32 Center for Archaeological Investigations $735.00
33 Civil Service Council Education Assistance Program $500.00
34 SIU Wellness and Health Promotion Services $270.00
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