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What is Veteran Adventures?

Veteran Adventures is a student veteran program started by the SIU Touch of Nature Environmental Center and SIU Veteran Services which aims to accomplish the following:

  • Community building for student veterans in the Southern Illinois region
  • Present challenging and adventurous opportunities to strengthen bonds between student veterans
  • Show support and gratitude for the sacrifice that our servicemen and women have made
  • Provide student veterans with alternatives for mental health assistance without the stigma of traditional mental health avenues
  • Foster a healthier student veteran population

Who can participate in Veteran Adventures?

Veteran Adventures is open to all student veterans, members of the National Guard, the Reserves and the Registered Officers' Training Corps. Participants must show proof of these memberships and have proof of current school enrollment.  (Not limited to only SIU students, Veteran Adventures is open to all student veterans, anywhere.)

Featured Events

Below are the current featured trips or events


Fall Break: 11-Point River, MO
October 8-11, 2016
This trip will take you to the Eleven Point River in Missouri where you will canoe, portage and spend three nights Camping on the shores of the river; Although, you will be challenged both physically and mentally, you will come back with more confidence and bonds with people alike.

Spring Break: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
March 11-19, 2017
This trip will take veterans on an eight day backpacking trip to Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  While on trail veterans will explore the mountains and streams of some of the east's most wild and beautiful places.

Fundraiser at Quatro's: Tuesday, September 13

Eat at Quatro’s in Carbondale anytime on Tuesday, September 13 and Quatro’s will donate 30 percent of sales (food, drink or gift certificates) purchased to help support the Veteran Adventures program at SIU’s Touch of Nature.  Dine in, carry out, order online or call 549-5326.  Mention you’re supporting Veteran Adventures or give your cashier/delivery driver this flier.   Thank you for your support.  

Outdoor Sporting Events

The Third Annual Veterans Deer Camp
December 9-11
Student veterans get the opportunity to  bow hunt whitetail deer at Touch of Nature's pristine 3,100 acres.  Participants will learn the historical and educational components of deer hunting in Southern Illinois as well as share camaraderue in authentic deer camp.