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.


Programs


Nature Fun for Little Ones Dec 4th

Register here for Dec Nature Fun for Little Ones.

Dec 4th from 10 -11 AM. This class is designed for kids 3 – 5 years old. Parents should plan to stay on-site during the session. Max 5 children with one parent each. Masks will be required for the duration of class indoors and out.


Winter Craft Kits

Register here for winter craft kits

Sign up for a family craft kit and stop by the nature center on Dec 6th or 7th from 3-4 pm to pick up your kit.

Each kit includes materials to make 2 holiday cards, 1 ninja star/wreath, 1 snowflake, and 2 jingle bell ornaments.


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!