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The Nature Institute

2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey, IL 62035

(618) 466-9930

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Hours of Operation

Dawn to dusk daily
Preserve open year round


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The Nature Institute (TNI) is a non-profit land conservation and environmental education organization based in Godfrey, IL. Since its founding in 1980, The Nature Institute's board and staff have worked to foster an awareness and appreciation of the natural world through preservation, restoration, and education. Each summer TNI hosts a premier camp for children pre-K - 6th grade, and welcomes more that 8,000 area students on field trips throughout the year. TNI also owns and manages over 450 acres of protected land, such as the Olin Nature Preserve, the Mississippi Sanctuary, the Kemp and Cora Hutchinson Bird Sanctuary, and the Heartland Prairie Project at Gordon Moore Park. These natural areas provide unique places for the public to experience the diversity of the Riverbend area with its hardwood forests, prairies and wetlands. TNI preserves are open to the public and free to use from dawn to dusk. Office hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tax-deductible annual memberships are available for those with the need to help TNI continue forward with our mission. Membership amounts are as followed: Student- $15, Individual- $25, Family- $50, and Mississippi Sanctuary Society- $100+


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