Ruth Edwards Nature Center at Lowell Park

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

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.  

Nature Center Programs

"Nature Fun for Little Ones"
To learn about nature through stories, hikes, and hands-on activities!
Ages: 3-5 years old with a parent or guardian
Registration: 815.288.5209 / [email protected]
Wed., Oct. 25th      How do Animals Prepare for Winter? SIGN-UP BY MONDAY, OCTOBER 23RD!
"Saturday in the Park" Stop in anytime between 1:00-3:30 PM
To learn about nature through stories, hikes, and hands-on activities.
Ages 6-12 years old with a parent or guardian
Registration: 815.288.5209 / [email protected]
Sat., Oct. 21st      Let's Dissect an Owl Pellet!  

"Take a Hike"
Explore the park's many different habitats! Join us after dinner for a walk and learn about 
the different plants and animals in the area.
Ages:  ALL (16 and under must have a parent or guardian)
Registration: 815.288.5209 / [email protected]
Wed., Oct. 25th     Explore the Fall at the Prairie - PLEASE SIGN-UP BY MONDAY, OCTOBER 23RD.
"Campfire Fun!"  
Join us for stories, s'mores, and more!
Sat., Oct. 28th    Halloween at Lowell Park! Hayride, S'mores and More! PLEASE SIGN-UP BY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24TH!


Park Ranger Hunter shares places to camp, hike, and sight see in the area at the Sept. 23rd Campfire.










Halloween at Lowell Park!

Saturday, October 28th from 7:00-9:00 PM

Hay rack ride through ‘Spooky’ Lowell Park, Games, Treats, Campfire, Spooky Stories, and more!
Costume are optional, please make sure they are safe to be near a campfire and on a hay rack ride.

Register by phoning: 815.288.5209 or email: [email protected]


For up-to-date information check out our  FaceBook page @ Ruth Edwards Nature Center at Lowell Park, Dixon, IL

and follow us on Twitter @ LowelParkDixon


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.

Ruth Edwards Nature Center Hours:

Saturday, October 21st – Nature Center will be closed to prepare for the Haunted 5K at 6:07 PM!

Sunday, October 22nd    1:00-4:00 PM

Saturday, October 28th    Nature Center will be closed during the day to prepare for
Sunday, October 29th    1:00-4:00 PM

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CALL 815-288-5209 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO: [email protected] to register FOR ALL EVENTS!


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

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


Be Prepared at the Park for Bad Weather!

Please be safe at the park by reading information at the following link:

There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors. Too many people wait far too long to get to a safe place when thunderstorms approach. Unfortunately, these delayed actions lead to many of the lightning deaths and injuries in the United States. Below are tips on how to stay safe indoors and outdoors as well as brochures and other tools to teach lightning safety.(Information from the National Weather Service)




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!

Swimming is prohibited in the Rock River at Lowell Park.

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