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.

Our nature center is generally open on Wednesday, Friday Saturday & Sunday from 1- 4 PM.

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

January Events

  • Friday January 10th at 7:00 PM Moonlight Hike at Lowell Park. Meet at the Nature center and from there Teresa Smith will guide an evening hike through Lowell Park under the full moon. S’mores at Woodcote Cottage will round out the night!

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!