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      The history of Ballard Nature Center originates with the nature center's namesake Mr. Ernest "Ernie" Ballard. Ernie Ballard had a dream of creating a nature center for everyone to enjoy and learn about nature. His 210-acre parcel of land east of Altamont, Illinois became the site of what is now the Ballard Nature Center.

      Originally, the site was deeded to the Effingham County Soil & Water Conservation District. The District realized the nature center would be better served as an independent 501(C)3 organization and subsequently deeded the property to a newly formed board. On August 19, 1999, Ballard Nature Center board was chartered as a non-profit organization, which better equipped the board to pursue and secure grants and develop and manage the site as a "Nature Center."

      Since that time, Ballard Nature Center has developed into a fully functional nature education site with a visitor center, staff, programs, activities, and numerous miles of trails. Ballard Nature Center continues to grow and provides quality environmental nature education experiences and invites visitors to explore the natural world around them.
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      Region Details
      12 hike trails

      Region Status
      Open

      Hike Stats

      State Ranking
      #8,135
      Trails (view details)
      12
      Trails Hike
      12
      Trails Trail Running
      12
      Total Distance
      5 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      5,220 ft
      Total Descent
      66 ft
      Total Vertical
      36 ft

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Hike125 miles66 ft5,220 ft36 ft
      #8,135
      Trail Running125 miles66 ft5,220 ft36 ft
      #6,714
      • By PlumbBobM TRAILFORKS HCH Map Team & contributors
      • Admins: BNC
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