• Talahi Lodge – The Education Center

    Talahi Lodge
    This is the education center.

  • Kemp and Cora Hutchinson Bird Sanctuary

    Kemp and Cora Hutchinson Bird Sanctuary

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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

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June 21, 2021

Monday
June
21
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

June 22, 2021

Tuesday
June
22
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

June 23, 2021

Wednesday
June
23
8:30 pm - 9:45 pm

June 21, 2021

TNI Wilderness - Pioneers Camp

June 22, 2021

Heartland Prairie Hike

June 23, 2021

Moonlight Hike

June 21, 2021

TNI Wilderness – Pioneers Camp
All full day camps begin at 8:30am and end at…
2213 South Levis Lane
Godfrey, IL,62035

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June 22, 2021

Heartland Prairie Hike
Join us at Heartland Prairie at Gordon Moore Park in…
4550 College Ave
Alton, IL,62002

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June 23, 2021

Moonlight Hike
FULL MOON HIKE June 23th - 8:30pm Join us on…
2213 South Levis Lane
Godfrey, IL,62035

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