Mission: The mission of ballard nature center is to provide high quality environmental education to students, educators, organizations, and individuals through visitor interpretation, educational displays, natural community restoration and management. Environmental education will emphasize the importance of natural communities and their associated ecosystems especially those communities typically found in southeastern illinois.
Programs: To provide facilities for a community nature center and support and operate educational and other nature interpretative programs. The facility achieves this purpose to the general public, by serving 35 public and private schools through field trips, classes, displays, trails, and various other means. The center provides 9 sessions of 3-day kids camps, 9 child programs, and 5 adult programs a year. The trails are open every day of the year from dawn until dusk and the visitor center is open from 8am - 4pm monday through friday with reduced hours on the weekend.