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Touch of Nature Enviornmental Center

1206 Touch of Nature Rd., Makanda, IL 62958

Hiking & Trails

Programs offer opportunities in both adventure and environmental education, and meet the needs for a wide range of groups, businesses and organizations. Touch of Nature is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art education and recreation.

Just 8 miles south of Carbondale, Touch of Nature borders the Shawnee Forest. It is a 3,100 acre wooded retreat area perfect for group events. Located in the City of Makanda, IL.

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Rocky Ledges 5K/10K

Sep 21

After completing your scenic run or walk, enjoy quality food, fantastic beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and a live band.

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Little Grassy Get Down at Touch of Nature

Touch of Nature •  Oct 11 – Oct 13 @ 10AM

A family friendly music festival featuring mostly original acoustic Americana music from around the Midwest.

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Little Grassy Get Down Music Festival

Touch of Nature •  Oct 11 – Oct 13

Get Down to Makanda, IL for 3 days of live music, campfire jams and art, environmental and music education. Barn dance, kids trick-or-treating and a full…

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Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour

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Eco-friendly zip line canopy tour, located on 83 wooded acres.

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