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 May 7th

Register here for May Nature fun for little ones.

May 7th from 10 -11 AM. May theme is Monarchs and Milkweed! This class is designed for kids 3 – 5 years old. Parents should plan to stay on-site during the session. Max 8 children with one parent each. Masks will be required for the duration of class indoors and out.

Bird Walk May 15th 8 am

Register Here for Bird Walk

Recycled Art May 15th 1:30 pm

Click here to register for Recycled Art

Paper Quilling May 18th 3 pm

Click here to register for Paper Quilling

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!