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Douglas-Hart Nature Center, Mattoon

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Forest · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
The Douglas-Hart Nature Center, located in Mattoon, Illinois, is a nature reserve that offers visitors different Illinois habitats, field programs, environmental educational classes, and volunteer opportunities for all ages.

In the 1960s Helen Douglas-Hart made her dream, a 33-acre nature preserve in Coles County, Illinois, a reality. Today, DHNC provides protection for three of Illinois primary habitats: tall grass prairie, native forest woodlands, and wetlands, on approximately 70 acres. There are two miles of trails that pass through each local habitat.
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  • Douglas-Hart is a wonderful place to take the grandkids! We go every summer when they spend a week with us. They especially love the zip line & feeding the fish & turtles in the pond. Highly...  more »
  • Great place for the kids and they have some nice trails to walk. We have gone there several time to take family photos.  more »
  • An excellent spot with a great Visitor's Centre. I stumbled across this when I was on my way to somewhere else and ended up visiting the Centre three times! It may not be very big but the trails are easy to follow and the restored prairie is beautiful. I saw woodpeckers, deer, a Belted kingfisher and other birds on my walks plus there were several different species of birds on the feeders in the butterfly garden and the ones you can view from inside the Visitor's Centre. I particularly loved the American goldfinch and the Ruby-throated hummingbirds! Very impressed with the whole set-up.
  • I love this place as well as my granddaughters. They love to feed the turtles and fish at the pond. Can't go wrong with nature. We are so very fortunate to have this place to visit and we don't have to pay!! It's beautiful. Always a calming and peaceful place to visit.

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