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.


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. 698
2 School of Medicine 372
3 Saluki Athletics 184
4 College of Agricultural, Life & Physical Sciences 147
5 College of Arts and Media 128
6 College of Health and Human Sciences 108
7 College of Engineering, Computing, Tech, & Math 91
8 School of Law 89
9 Marching Salukis 87
10 College of Business and Analytics 73
11 School of Education 59
12 Scholarships 58
13 Strong Survivors 54
14 College of Liberal Arts 52
15 Touch of Nature 50
16 Student Affairs 49
17 Morris Library 45
18 Student Multi-Cultural Resource Center 40
19 WSIU Public Broadcasting 32
20 Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 29
21 SIU Alumni Association 24
22 University Museum 23
23 SIU Arboretum 18
24 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 16
25 Green Roof Project 14
26 SIU Press 12
27 Civil Service Council Education Assistance Program 12
28 University Honors Program 10
29 Center for Archaeological Investigations 9
30 Center for International Education 6
31 Graduate School 5
32 Research 4
33 SIU Wellness and Health Promotion Services 3
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Leaderboard
Departments by Dollars Raised
Check out which Department has raised the most throughout SIU Day!
Rank Department Raised
1 College of Liberal Arts $723,265.96
2 School of Medicine $681,799.94
3 College of Business and Analytics $233,495.99
4 College of Agricultural, Life & Physical Sciences $188,666.93
5 College of Arts and Media $167,864.00
6 College of Engineering, Computing, Tech, & Math $136,400.00
7 Saluki Athletics $109,645.88
8 College of Health and Human Sciences $70,238.99
9 School of Education $62,395.00
10 Student Affairs $54,020.03
11 Balancing Education, Experience, & Reality Schp. $52,528.03
12 School of Law $34,630.21
13 SIU Alumni Association $28,575.00
14 Touch of Nature $25,860.00
15 Morris Library $11,280.00
16 Marching Salukis $9,434.95
17 Scholarships $7,907.64
18 Strong Survivors $6,080.00
19 Paul Simon Public Policy Institute $5,625.00
20 Student Multi-Cultural Resource Center $4,195.00
21 WSIU Public Broadcasting $3,480.00
22 University Museum $2,800.00
23 SIU Press $1,375.00
24 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion $1,205.00
25 SIU Arboretum $1,185.00
26 University Honors Program $1,045.00
27 Green Roof Project $1,005.00
28 Research $750.00
29 Civil Service Council Education Assistance Program $610.00
30 Center for Archaeological Investigations $475.00
31 Graduate School $427.00
32 Center for International Education $346.00
33 SIU Wellness and Health Promotion Services $105.00
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