September 25, 2014

Students can enjoy ‘Saluki Staycation’ over break

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale is offering its students a unique outdoor recreational opportunity during the Columbus Day fall break weekend. 

Touch of Nature Environmental Center is sponsoring “Saluki Staycation,” Oct. 11-14, at the center, located about eight miles south of Carbondale off Giant City Road. Students can choose a variety of on-site housing accommodations, meal options and fun activities designed to fit all interests and budgets. 

The numerous activities include rock climbing, an interpretive nature hike, canoeing/kayaking on Little Grassy Lake, a campfire social, the “Eyes of the World’ craft project or the zip line and pamper pole. There is also the opportunity to paddle along the Cache River Wetlands, hike in the Panther’s Den Wilderness, participate in an “owl prowl” night hike or just relax at the experiential nature facility. 

Students can also join in the “Breaking the Surface” community paddling event on Oct. 11. The event will include free canoe and kayak paddling instructions and open or guided paddling at Little Grassy Lake. There will also be a paddler’s social and interpretive walk celebrating the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Wilderness Act. 

Some activities are free or as inexpensive as $5.  Likewise, meals and rooms are also affordable.  Students can select the overnight lodging, meals and activities to fit their schedule. Transportation will be available from the Student Center.  

Find more information online at  Call 618/453-1121 to make reservations or for additional details.