Lowell Park

Lowell Park Gate:  Foot traffic is allowed from 5:00 AM till 11:00 PM.
Park gates will be open from 6:00 AM till 9:00 PM. 

Start your visit at the Ruth Edwards Nature Center

Stop in for the latest park information and recreational opportunities.


Spring Wildflowers are blooming! Stop in at the Nature Center to pick up your Lowell Park Spring Wildflower Guide!

You will find Lowell Park has a wonderful variety of flowers;  

 Spring Beauty, Virginia Bluebells, Violets, Trout Lilly, and Liver Leaf to name a few.  

The photo is of Dutchman’s Breeches 




Join us for Summer Day Camp at Lowell Park on Wednesday, June 13th.   Camp is for kids 8-12 years old.   Limited to the first 10 kids. 



Ruth Edwards Nature Center Hours 

The Nature Center will be open on the following days in May:

Monday-Wednesday (May 14-16th)  Noon-4:30

Guest Speaker Sherri Stauffer talked about foraging and allowed people to taste different plants!

Thursday (May 17th) 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Friday-Sunday (May 18-20th) 1:00-4:00

CLOSED –Monday-Thursday (May 21-24th)

Friday-Sunday (May 25-27th) 1:00-4:00

CLOSED-Monday-Thursday (May 28-31st)

Friday-Sunday (June 1-3) 1:00-4:00 

Monday (June 4th)    Noon-4:30

Tuesday (June 5th)    2:00-5:00

Wednesday (June 6th)    Noon-4:30

Thursday  (June 7th)     Noon – 4:30

Friday  (June 8th)   Noon-4:30

Saturday-Sunday (June 9-10th) 1:00-4:00 

Monday (June 11th) 11:00 AM-1:30 PM 

Tuesday (June 12th) 11:00 AM-4:30 PM

Wednesday (June 13th) CLOSED FOR CAMP

Thursday (June 14th) Noon-1:00 

Friday (June 15th) 12:30-4:30


May Events at Lowell Park:


Tuesday,  May 15th – Nature Fun for Little Ones!  For ages 3-5 from 10:00-11:00 AM-May we will learn about spring flowers

Tuesday, May 15th – Take a Hike on Tuesday Night! Join our guest speaker, Lori Hendrickson at 6:00 PM to learn about the wild flowers at the park!

For more information and to register, please contact us at:  [email protected]  or   815-288-5209  or on Facebook at Lowell Park Ruth Edwards Nature Center



 June 12th – 10:00-11:00 AM  “Animalfest” Come learn about the animals at Lowell Park-geared for children 6 and under

June 12th – 6:00 -7:30 PM     “Take a Hike on Tuesday Night”  Meet at the Nature Center for an interesting hike through  the park.

June 16th – 1:00-4:00 PM       “Drop-in Saturdays”   Learn how to do a Nature Journal

June 16th – 7:00 -9:00 PM     “Campfire Fun for All”    Learn about the history of our National Parks and Lowell Park then enjoy a short hike and S’MORES!


Earth Day 2018!







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.




For up-to-date information check out our  FaceBook page @ Lowell Park: Ruth Edwards Nature Center, Dixon, IL and follow us on Twitter @ LowelParkDixon