The Ruth Edwards Nature Center is a great place to begin your visit to Lowell Park. 

Stop in for the latest park information and recreational opportunities.

Lowell Park Gate:   The park gate will be open from 6:00 AM till 8:00 PM.  Foot traffic is allowed from 5:00 AM till 11:00 PM.
The roads at Lowell Park are closed. The parking lot by the nature center and the trails are still open. 



Snowshoes are available at the Nature Center! 

There is no fee to borrow the snowshoes, just sign them out and use them in the park! We have adult sizes and children sizes available. Call the Park District office (815-284-3306) or the Nature Center (815-288-5209).


Ruth Edwards Nature Center Hours 

Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-4:00 PM

Weekdays we will be open when we have an event or for groups that contact us in advance.

If your group would like to come out, please email us at: [email protected] or contact the Park District Office.

Winter Care!

Frostbite is an injury caused by freezing of the skin and underlying tissues. First your skin becomes very cold and red, then numb, hard and pale. Frostbite is most common on the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Exposed skin in cold, windy weather is most vulnerable to frostbite. But frostbite can occur on skin covered by gloves or other clothing.

Signs and symptoms of frostbite include:

At first, cold skin and a prickling feeling


Red, white, bluish-white or grayish-yellow skin

Hard or waxy-looking skin

Clumsiness due to joint and muscle stiffness

Blistering after rewarming, in severe cases

Because of skin numbness, you may not realize you have frostbite until someone else points it out.

Frostbite can be prevented!

Here are tips to help you stay safe and warm.

Limit time you’re outdoors in cold, wet or windy weather. Pay attention to weather forecasts and wind chill readings. In very cold, windy weather, exposed skin can develop frostbite in a matter of minutes.

Dress in several layers of loose, warm clothing. Air trapped between the layers of clothing acts as insulation against the cold. Wear windproof and waterproof outer garments to protect against wind, snow and rain. Choose undergarments that wick moisture away from your skin. Change out of wet clothing — particularly gloves, hats and socks — as soon as possible.

Wear a hat or headband that fully covers your ears. Heavy woolen or windproof materials make the best headwear for cold protection.

Wear mittens rather than gloves. Mittens provide better protection. Or try a thin pair of glove liners made of a wicking material (like polypropylene) under a pair of heavier gloves or mittens.

Wear socks and sock liners that fit well, wick moisture and provide insulation. You might also try hand and foot warmers. Be sure the foot warmers don’t make your boots too tight, restricting blood flow.

Watch for signs of frostbite. Early signs of frostbite include red or pale skin, prickling, and numbness.



Stay safe and stay warm at the park!






Environmental Education:

Environmental education classes are available for students of all ages.  Classes are designed to provide students with structured, hand-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 3 weeks advance notice prior to the date you wish to reserve.  Our naturalist will work with your to choose the activities and curriculum that best fit your needs.  Call the Nature Center at 815-288-5209


Hi, my name is Yowl! Do you know what type of owl I am? Stop in and find ou


Personal Safety and Crime Prevention on the Trails:

  •  Take what you need: carry personal ID and medication if needed
  •  Leave valuables at home: if you need to leave valuables in your car, hide them before you arrive. Don’t be a victim of “Crash and Grab”
  •  Use all your senses: listen for suspicious noises. Don’t wear headphones, they impair your ability to hear someone approaching you from behind.
  •  Be easy to find: use marked, authorized trails only.
  •  Have someone waiting: always let someone else know where you will be going and when you will return.
  •  Report anything suspicious to the authorities

Triples spotted by Ann Stover Wednesday, June 28th at Lowell Park.


Rule Reminders:

The Dixon Park District parks are SMOKE-FREE. Please enjoy the fresh air and allows others to enjoy it too!

Dogs must be on a leash at all times on park property.




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