Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center

Founded in 1936 and designed by Danish landscape architect Jens Jensen, the idea of the Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Garden was thought up by Illinois native Harriet Knudson. She wanted to create a memorial garden of plants native to three states that Abraham Lincoln had lived in—Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. The garden and nature center features over 5 miles of trails and plants such as Dutchman’s breeches, bloodroot, and trout lilies. Educational programs at the garden take groups on nature discovery hikes and focus on topics such as birds, insects, tribal life in Illinois, Fibonacci in nature, and more. Entry to the Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center is free, and educational programs have a small fee. 
Contact Info 
Address: 2301 East Lake Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62712. Sangamon County. Tel: 217-529-1111. Email: Website: Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 10AM-4PM. Sun. 1PM-4PM.  
Trip Info 
Grade Level: PreK-8th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-1.5 hours. Cost: Free/Fee.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Botanical Garden Lesson Plan

The diverse world of plants is perhaps the weirdest, and most fascinating, of all living things. Students act like plant hunters to observe plant life. Do a little digging on your next trip to a botanical garden (not literally!), and see what interesting plant facts you can find.... Continue