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Ballard Nature Center

5253 North 500th Street, Altamont, IL 62411

Bird & Eagle Watching

Ballard Nature Center is a terrific outdoor experience in every season. Ballard Nature Center Visitor Center is open daily from March to October, with limited hours in the winter months.

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.

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