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 June 4th

Register here for June Nature fun for little ones.

June 4th from 10 -11 AM. ! 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.

Tie-Dye in the Park June 5th or 19th

Click here to register for Tie-Dye in the Park

Forest Furniture June 12th

Click here to register for Forest Furniture

Prairie Walk June 23rd

Click here to register for June 23rd Prairie Walk

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!