Ruth Edwards Nature Center at Lowell Park

Come to the nature center and visit me!

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

Please call 815-288-5209 to pre-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 at Lowell Park, Dixon, IL

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Hours for the week of April 23rd-29th

Sunday, April 23rd – 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Monday, April 24th – Noon-4:30 PM

Tuesday, April 25th – 9 AM -1:00 PM

Wednesday, April 26th – Noon-4:30 PM

Thursday, April 27th – Private Event 9:00 AM -3:00 PM

Friday, April 28th – Noon-4:30 PM

Saturday, April 29th – 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

The Nature Center will be offering new hours and programs beginning May 1st!!!

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)