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]
MUST register before the program.
Wednesday, June 21st      10:00-11:00 AM         Birds!   SIGN UP NOW! [email protected]
Wednesday, July 19th      10:00-11:00 AM         Trees!

"Explore the World Outdoors"
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]
MUST register before the event.
Saturday, June 24th       1:00-2:00 PM         Exploring Birds    SIGN UP NOW!   [email protected]
Saturday, July 22nd       1:00-2:00 PM         How Insects Help Us

"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]
Must register before the event.
Wednesday, June 28th      6:00-7:00 PM      Damien's Prairie- Meet at Nature Center
Wednesday, July 19th      6:00-7:00 PM      Lowell Forest Nature Preserve - Meet at Nature Center

"Campfire Fun!"  
Join us for stories, s'mores, and more!
Saturday, June 24th       7:00-9:00 PM      Come listen to Teresa talk about her trip 'hunting' for dinosaur bones in Utah!
Saturday, July 22nd       7:00-9:00 PM      TBA
Saturday, August 26th     7:00-9:00 PM      Round it up and Fall into School! 
Ages:  ALL (16 and under must have a parent or guardian with them)
Register: 815-288-5209  /  [email protected]  
Must register before the event.  

First campfire of the 2017 summer season had children 
looking in logs to see who lived there! 
Our next campfire will be June 24th,
hope you will join us! 

Please call 815-288-5209 to register for our programs. You may leave a message with your name,
                                        phone number and number of registrants.

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Ruth Edwards Nature Center

June 18-June 25 Schedule:

Sunday, June 18th              Closed

Monday, June 19th   12:30-4:30

 Tuesday, June 20th               Closed

Wednesday, June 21st         9:30-4:30

Thursday, June 22nd        12:30-4:30

Friday, June 23rd         1:00-4:00

Saturday, June 24th         1:00-4:00

Sunday, June 25th          1:00-4:00



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

Be Prepared at the Park for Bad Weather!

Springtime is here and so are storms. 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)


Remember not all spring plants are good to touch-keep your eyes open for plants that may cause an itchy rash. Poison ivy is a  plant that grows in many places in the park. The leaves of this plant grow in groups of three, so remember this saying: “Leaves of three, let it be.”  If you do come in contact with this  plant, wash with soap and water as soon as possible!