LMG Updates

In accordance with Governor Pritzker’s Modified Stay at Home Order, the Nature Center remains closed. Events/programs scheduled through May have been cancelled. Nature trails remain open sunrise to sunset. Follow the State of Illinois and CDC guidelines for permitted outdoor activities and social distancing.

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden Foundation’s priority is health and safety for our visitors and staff. We are actively monitoring the State of Illinois COVID-19 response.

Thank you for your continued support of the Garden during this challenging time. Follow the Lincoln Memorial Garden Facebook page for the latest updates and for fun and creative at-home environmental education and activities for kids and adults.

8K Trail Race

The Lincoln Memorial Garden 8K Trail Race, set for Saturday, June 6, 2020, has been cancelled for the health and safety of race participants, volunteers and staff.

Online Plant Sale

The Prairie Wildflower Plant Sale has moved online. Order by 5 p.m. CST Thursday, May 14  and you will be contacted by a Garden representative for a specific time to pick up your order at the Ostermeier Prairie Center parking lot during the weekend of May 16-17. We will be following State of Illinois and CDC safety guidelines for social distancing for safe pickup. Prairie and sun-loving native plants are the focus including 11 species of milkweeds, which attract birds and butterflies and provide natural food for native wildlife. A few nonnative, noninvasive species will be available, such as the ever-popular assortment of herbs, tomatoes and peppers.

Nature Trails and Social Distancing

Nature trails remain open sunrise to sunset. Follow the State of Illinois guidelines for permitted outdoor activities and social distancing, and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19 when visiting parks:

  • Do not visit if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Wear a mask if you are unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
  • Be courteous to other visitors. Consider stepping to the side of the trail, altering them that you are nearing from behind or pausing at a bench while they pass.
  • Use everyday preventive actions.
  • Avoid gathering in groups.

Photo Contest

The “Images of Lincoln Memorial Garden” Photography Contest encourages Springfield-area residents to document the beauty and use of Lincoln Memorial Garden. The contest entry deadline is Friday, August 28 at 5 p.m. CST. Get all the details.  https://lincolnmemorialgarden.org/photo-contest/

Categories include:

  • Living Creatures (birds, mammals, frogs, toads, snakes, turtles, insects and other invertebrates)
  • Wildflowers
  • Landscapes
  • Celebrating Life at Lincoln Memorial Garden – People Using the Garden (e.g., hiking the trails, posing on the boulder, attending events)

Love the Garden? Consider a Gift to the Garden

Due to COVID-19, our spring season fundraising events have been cancelled. Did you know? Lincoln Memorial Garden receives no direct taxpayer support and charges no fees for access to its 100 acres of natural woodlands, trails, prairie and meadow. The Garden is managed by the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that relies on financial donations from those who love the Garden and its mission. Please consider a donation at any level to preserve and protect Springfield’s local getaway and best-kept secret. www.LincolnMemorialGarden.org/donate


The mission of Lincoln Memorial Garden is to honor the memory of Abraham Lincoln through re-creation of the native landscape he would have known, and to serve as a place to find inspiration in the changing seasons, learn stewardship of the environment and explore the relationship among plants, wildlife, water and sunlight in an atmosphere of peace and beauty. Designed by internationally known landscape architect Jens Jensen, this 100-acre site features six miles of trails, footbridges, a pond, eight stone council rings, a prairie and dozens of wooden benches inscribed with Lincoln quotes.

2301 East Lake Shore Drive – Springfield, Illinois 62712-8908




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