2017 Dawg Days group shot
  • 2017 Dawg Days group shot
  • Battleship
  • Group shot of students getting ready for a high ropes course.
  • Students participate in a canoe across Little Grassy Lake.
  • Friends Room

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Dawg Days New Student Retreat

Dawg Days is a four-day and three-night retreat for incoming new students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The retreat takes place on the beautiful grounds at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, SIU's outdoor education and recreation center, located about ten minutes south of Carbondale and the SIU main campus.

Dawg Days welcomes freshmen and transfer students to Southern Illinois University with the purpose of giving them an opportunity to have fun, make friends, and learn more about life at SIU.

Dawg Days is led by SIU students who are passionate about making the first year of college a success for our incoming new students. All of our staff have valuable experience and knowledge to offer, can fill you in on the fun things to do at SIU and can offer great advice about classes and about being successful in those classes. Check out our camp schedule here.

Dawg Days 2018 Registration

2018 Session: August 12-15

Registration for Dawg Days 2018 New Student Retreat is now open

Keep an eye for updates and check out our Facebook page for reviews, photos and more! 

Dawg Days Arrival Information

In order to ensure that Dawg Days is a high caliber experience for all of our participants, Dawg Days Staff requests that all participants confirm their arrival plans a month before our program begins. This guarantees that all check-in lists are up to date for August 12th. 

Dawg Days Arrival Information

If your plans change, please update our staff at dawgdays@siu.edu or call (618) 453-1121.