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Explore The Outdoors In Edwardsville

October is a great time to be outdoors. It is cool, sunny, and perfect for boating or hiking. Fortunately, the upcoming events near AXIS Edwardsville include a chance to explore the environment. The Touch of Nature Environmental Center offers fun for both students and the general public. It covers over 3,100 acres, including woodlands, hills and Little Grassy Lake. Take a study break with one or more of these fun activities.

Breaking the Surface

Saturday, October 1

1PM -6:30PM

Use one of the provided canoes, kayaks, paddle boards or paddle boats to enjoy recreation on Little Grassy Lake. Instructors will be available to help beginners get started. Bring your friends and family to this free event, which is open to the public. If you have your own paddle boat you can use it, but a Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge sticker is required. You can also buy a day pass if you bring a boat and vendors will offer food for sale.

Trail Stewardship Days

Sundays in October

9AM to 12PM or 1 to 4PM

Please pre-register at least 48 hours in advance.

As a volunteer, enjoy the fresh air as you help remove debris from current trails or make new trails in the Shawnee National Forest. The staff will bring tools and show you how to use them. To sign up please call (618) 453-1121 or visit Please pre-register at least 48 hours in advance.

Veteran Adventures Eleven Point River in Missouri

October 8-11, 2016 (fall break!)

Challenge yourself both physically and mentally with this outdoor excursion. The center sponsors this trip to Eleven Points River. A great way to meet new people, participants in this event canoe, tote equipment, and spend the night on the river’s shore. For more information please contact Shane Brady at (618) 453-1121 or email

The Touch of Nature Environmental Center is located at 1206 Touch of Nature Rd, Makanda, IL 62958. Consult their events calendar to find other upcoming activities.

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