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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.)

Support Veteran Adventures:  View our Sponsorship Brochure below, then click here to support the Veteran Adventures Program.

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Featured Events

Below are the current featured trips or events

New: Free Pheasant Hunt: December 3

Pheasant Hunt photoJoin Veteran Adventures for our inaugural controlled pheasant hunt at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park. Hunters will have the opportunity to harvest two pheasants each. Dogs will be provided by local sportsmen. Free for post 9/11 veterans, active-duty military, and members of the National Guard/Reserves. Transportation from Touch of Nature to Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park is provided and will leave at 6:00 a.m. Limited to 10 hunters. 

For more information or to register, contact Shane Brady at 618-453-1122 ext. 220 or email

Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

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Register online here.  

3rd Annual Veterans Deer Camp

deerVeterans from throughout Southern Illinois will gather for the third annual Veteran Adventures Deer Camp Dec. 9-11. This archery white-tail deer hunt is open to post 9/11 veterans, student veterans, members of the National Guard/Reserves, and ROTC. Guest speakers will discuss hunting, trapping, wildlife management, field-dressing and butchering, food preparation and other relevant topics and participants will enjoy a weekend of camaraderie and hunting. 

For more information or to register, contact Shane Brady at 618-453-1122 ext. 220 or email

You can also register online here.  

March 11-19: Only $50

Attention: The estimated price for this trip is now $50 (Depending on funding, prices may vary, but never exceed.)

This trip will take you to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for eight days of backpacking. Veterans will get the chance to explore the mountains, streams, and waterfalls of Tennessee.

Informational meeting:  Find out more information about the Smoky Mountains trip on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the DeJarnett American Heritage Room on the 3rd floor of SIU's Morris Library.  

For more information, please contact Shane Brady at 618/453-1121 or by email at

Register online here.