November 04, 2016

Hootin’ Annies event planned at Touch of Nature

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Hootin’ Annies, the family friendly outdoor series of fun evenings at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center, returns Nov. 12.

John H. Burde, professor emeritus from SIU’s forestry department and author of “Mammals of the National Parks,” will be the guest speaker for the monthly program. It is set for 5-7 p.m. at Touch of Nature’s Upper 40 Cabin. The U.S. National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2016 and Burde will discuss the parks and their animals.

The evening will also feature a campfire and music by the house band, Short Face Bear and the Woodland Creatures. Hootin’ Annies is free and everyone is welcome. Donations are welcome though, in support of Touch of Nature’s Environmental Education Program.

Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, snacks and beverages, sticks for roasting treats on the campfire, and if they desire, musical instruments if they want to join in the the campfire music.

In the event of inclement weather, Hootin’ Annies will move to the Indian Building in Touch of Nature’s Camp 2 area. Touch of Nature is located about eight miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road. Watch for signs within the park directing the way to the appropriate location.

For more information, contact Steve Gariepy at 618/453-1121 or by email at The next Hootin’ Annies is set for Dec. 10.

To learn more about Hootin’ Annies or any of the programs, facilities and services offered at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, visit, call 618/453-1121 or email