Nature Center

Ruth Edwards Nature Center

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

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


Nature Fun for Little Ones Oct 2nd

Register here for Oct Nature Fun for Little Ones.

October 2 from 10 -11 AM. This class is designed for kids 3 – 5 years old. Parents should plan to stay on-site during the session.

Paper Making Oct 8th

Register here for Paper Making

Oct 8th at 2:30. This class is for ages 7 and up.

Fall Ecology Nature Walk Oct 10th

Register here for Fall Ecology Walk

October 10th, 1:30- 3 pm. All ages free event. Please dress for the weather.

Mirror Etching Oct 17th – CLASS is FULL – Additional Class will be scheduled. Watch our Facebook page for details.

Register here for Mirror Etching

October 17th at 1:30 PM. Learn how to create a design or picture on an 8×10 mirror. This class is for adults

Mini National Parks Oct 22nd

Register here for Mini National Parks

October 22nd at 2:30 PM. Become a park ranger of your own mini national park and share your discoveries of the “special attractions” within your own park.

Movies in the Parks

Friday, October 2nd at 7 PM showing “A Bugs Life”. Admission is free with social distancing practiced. Limited to the first 50 people on a first come first served basis. The showing will be at Lowell Park

Friday, October 16th at 7 PM showing ” The Lion King (2019)”. Admission is free with social distancing practiced. Limited to the first 50 people on a first-come first-served basis. The showing will be at the Grist Mill in Franklin Grove.

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, hands-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 of 3 weeks advance notice prior to the date you wish to reserve. Our naturalist will work with you 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!