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.

Worms do what?!? April 10th

Register here for Worms do what?!?

Worms for composting have one mission in life: to eat your food scraps and cast it into super-rich soil. Not a bad life’s purpose! Come to this family-friendly event and make a compost pot to take home. April 10th, 1:30-2:20 pm.

This class will be held at Ruth Edwards Nature Center in Lowell Park. It is best for families and individuals ages 8 and up. Space is limited, this class is free.

Wildflower Walk and Chalk April 17th

Click here to register for Wildflower Walk and Chalk

Moonlight Hike April 23rd

Click here to register for the Moonlight Hike

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!