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Douglas-Hart Nature Center

2204 Dewitt Avenue East

The Douglas-Hart Nature Center consists of 65 acres of native Illinois habitat including prairie, woodland, and wetland. The center includes a visitor center with several amenities. The nature center is open Monday - Friday 8am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sundays from 1-4pm. Trails are open daily, sunrise to sunset.


Lynn Smith

Sunday, May 6, 2018
A lovely little nature center with a variety of habitats. Nice variety of trees and other plants. Lots of birds. I went on a walk with a group of experienced borders & they spotted around 50 different species in short order.


Sunday, July 1, 2018
Great little nature center that has a large bird watching area inside the building. There is also a little library with a separate bird watching area. There is a picnic area for eating lunch and several short nature hikes.

Jessica Fishel

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Fantastic little nature preserve for the community of Mattoon. If you've never visited...go! Sit inside and watch wildlife or take a hike, stand beside the water, talk to the ducks, educate yourself, purchase some raw local honey when it is available and more!

Crystal Carl

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Great place to go if you want to get a little piece of nature. The staff are great with children.

Ron Auer

Monday, July 30, 2018
A nice place to walk and learn. Quiet place away from normal distractions.

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