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OUR MISSION

The Nature Institute works to foster an awareness and appreciation of the natural world through preservation, restoration, and education.

 

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 about 400 children, grades pre-K through 6th, for Discovery Day Camp, a premier, ACA, nature day camp. Every school year, more than 8,000 area students visit TNI for field trips, including high school and college students. TNI also owns and manages more than 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.

History

 

TNI is rich in land and history. We have a strong sense of pride in our past and community which is why it’s important to us to share these resources. 
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Accolades

 

Through preservation, restoration, and education we have graciously been awarded the Heartlands Conservancy’s Green Leaf Award for Youth Education 2015. 
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Team

 

We have an unbelievably hard-working and dedicated group of staff members and volunteers that continue to make The Nature Institute flourish. 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

December 16, 2019

Monday
December
16
All Day

April 7, 2020

Tuesday
April
07
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

April 8, 2020

Wednesday
April
08
10:00 am - 11:00 am

December 16, 2019

April 7, 2020

April 8, 2020

December 16, 2019

TRAILS CLOSED INDEFINITELY
TRAILS CLOSED To further prevent the spread of COVID-19, and…
2213 South Levis Lane
Godfrey, IL,62035

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April 7, 2020

Moonlight Hike
*Postponed* All hikes through June are FULL! Join us on…
2213 South Levis Lane
Godfrey, IL,62035

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April 8, 2020

Knee-High Naturalists Winter 2020
*Cancelled* A guardian/preschooler activity that runs every 2nd Wednesday of…
2213 South Levis Lane
Godfrey, IL,62035

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday
December
16
All Day

TRAILS CLOSED INDEFINITELY
TRAILS CLOSED To further prevent the spread of COVID-19, and…
2213 South Levis Lane
Godfrey, IL,62035

MORE INFORMATION