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.

Upcoming events at Ruth Edwards Nature Center:

March 25: Mirror Etching
March 27, 29, 31: Spring break drop-in activities for kids 12-3:00
April 8: Wildflower Walk
April 22: Pallets in the Park
May 6: Bird Walk
May 14: Mother’s Day Café

Nature Journaling for the Mind, Body and Spirit on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 6 p.m. through Dec. 26, 2023, at Ruth Edwards Nature Center, 2114 Lowell Park Road.

Basic supplies will be provided.

Call 815-288-5209 for more information.

Nature Fun for Little Ones

Register here for upcoming Nature fun for little ones.

Theme for 2023: Animals that Live in a Forest

April 7: Mouse
May 5: Rabbit
June 2: Squirrel
July 7: Gray Tree Frog
August 4: Raccoon
September 8: Skunk
October 6: Hedgehog
November 3: Owls
December 1: Badger

This class is designed for kids 3-5 years old. Parents should plan to stay on-site during the session. Max class size is 8 kids.

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

Yowl loves visitors! Stop by and say hi!