Nature Center

Ruth Edwards Nature Center & Museum

Plan your visit at the Ruth Edwards Nature Center. Stop in for the latest park information and recreational opportunities.

March and April  Hours: 
The Nature Center is currently closed per the Governors Executive Order to Shelter in Place. Lowell Park remains open for people to enjoy nature.

Hours are variable. Call 815-284-3306 to confirm the hours.

April Events

  • Wildflower Hike April 8 from 6 – 7:30 pm FREE – POSTPONED To a later date

All of the events are FREE and open to the public except as indicated.

Environmental Education:

Environmental education classes are available for students of all ages. Classes are designed to provide students with structured, hand-on learning that promotes a better understanding of the natural world and strengthens positive environmental values.

We invite you to schedule a whole or half day visit. Please provide a minimum 3 weeks advance notice prior to the date you wish to reserve. Our naturalist will work with your to choose the activities and curriculum that best fit your needs. Call the Nature Center at 815-288-5209

Yowl loves visitors! Stop by and say hi!