Nature Center

Ruth Edwards Nature Center

Plan your visit to 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.


Upcoming events at Ruth Edwards Nature Center:


Nature Fun for Little Ones

Register here for upcoming Nature Center events.

Themes for 2024:

January 5th: Animal Tracks

February 2nd: Going on a Nature Hunt
March 1st: Grasshoppers
April 5th: Worms
May 3rd Dragonflies
June 7th: Butterflies
July 5th: Praying Mantis

August 2nd: Lady Bugs

September 6th: Ants

October 4th: Going on a Leaf Hunt

November 1st: Bats

December 6th: Birds-through the winter months

This class is designed for pre-school age children. Parents should plan to stay on-site during the session

All of the events are free and open to the public.


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