Ballard Nature Center

5253 East US Hwy 40
Exit 82
Effingham, Illinois 62401

Just minutes away from the city but a world away, Ballard Nature Center is home to dozens of species of birds and wildlife. Natural prairie, wetlands, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, ponds and creeks round out the outdoor experience. Ballard Nature Center is a terrific outdoor experience in every season. Spring wildflowers bloom throughout the grounds, and the natural prairie is in full glory come summer. Fall foliage is not a cliche when you can walk under the trees and touch the leaves. In winter, follow the tracks of wildlife that share the trails. Dioramas and interactive exhibits offer entertainment and effortless education on the flora and fauna of this region. A naturalist is on staff throughout the week. Trails and the outdoor areas are open from dawn until dusk. The Visitors Center is open daily from March to October, limited hours in the winter months.




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