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.



Ruth Edwards Nature Center Hours 

Nature Center Hours for June/July  2018

Fri., July 6th 12:30-4:30

Sat., July 7th 1:00-4:00

Sun., July 8th 1:00-4:00

Mon., July 9th 12:30-4:30

Tues., July 10th 1:00-4:00

Wed., July 11th 12:30-4:30

Thurs., July 12th 12:30-1:15

Fri., July 13th CLOSED

Sat., July 14th CLOSED

Sun., July 15th 1:00-4:00

Mon., July 16th 1:00-4:00

Tues., July 17th CLOSED

Wed., July 18th 1:00-4:00

Thurs., July 19th 1:00-4:00

Fri., July 20th 1:00-4:00

Sat., July 21st 1:00-4:00

Sun., July 22nd 1:00-4:00

Mon., July 23rd 12:30-4:30

Tues., July 24th 12:30-4:30 NATURE FUN FOR LITTLE ONES  and 6:00-7:30 pm TAKE A HIKE TUESDAY NIGHT!

Wed., July 25th 12:30-2:00

Thurs., July 26th CLOSED

Fri., July 27th 1:00-4:00

Sat., July 28th 1:00-4:00    DROP IN SATURDAY  and 6:30-9:00 PM  CAMPFIRE!

Sun., July 29th 1:00-4:00

Mon., July 30th 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Tues., July 31st 12:30-4:30





July 24th – Nature Fun for Little Ones from 10:00-11:00 AM  This program is designed for children ages 3-5. We will be learning about water! 

July 24th – Take a Hike Tuesday from 6:00-7:30 PM. Come walk in the woods at Lowell Park-get your steps in and see the wildlife. 

July 28th – Drop in Saturdays! from 1:30-3:30 PM. Stop in anytime and learn about the pond ecology of Lowell Park!

July 28th – Campfire Fun for Everyone! 7:00-9:00 PM.  Join Greg Rajsky as he shares his knowledge about trees. EVERY child that attends with an adult will receive a FREE book about TREES! After the program join us for s’mores!


 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.  ALL of these events are FREE-please let us know if you are attending so we will have enough supplies.

Fun at the Nature Center!







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