The Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center promotes environmental education and the conservation of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Conveniently located within the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, the facility is packed with interesting, hands-on exhibits and provides a dramatic view of the world's most majestic and celebrated river. The center is open Mon-Fri 6am - 4pm and June through August we're open on Saturdays 9a-4p. It is closed on federal holidays.
The Center sits on 35 acres of sand prairie that is home to the ornate box turtle, prickly pear cactus and a diversity of other plants and animals. Visitors can walk or bike the Grand Illinois Trail/Great River BikeTrail that traverses through the prairie and along Spring Lake. There are many opportunities for photographers to get that special picture of a bald eagle, sandhill crane, trumpeter swan, or the prickly pear cactus. No matter what your interest is, there is something for you to see and do. The Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge operate a bookstore that is filled with an excellent selection of children's books, field guides and unique gifts.
The Center is dedicated to the memory of Gary and David Ingersoll, young residents of Savanna who were stricken with muscular dystrophy. Although confined to wheelchairs most of their young lives, the two overcame day-to-day challenges and attended college, where they demonstrated their mutual interest in natural resource conservation. Tragically, both young men died of the disease before the age of 22. The center was named in their honor and its mission is to promote their ideals of environmental education and conservation of the Mississippi River and its tributaries.