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., August 23rd    Let's Track the Animals
Wed., Sept. 27th     Why are the Leaves Changing?
Wed., Oct. 25th      How do Animals Prepare for Winter?

"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., Aug. 26th      Let's Track the Animals in the Park
Sat., Sept. 23rd     What Happens to trees and animals in the fall?
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., Aug. 30th     Explore the Stengel Trail
Wed., Sept. 27th    Explore the Prairie
Wed., Oct. 25th     Explore the Fall at the Prairie
"Campfire Fun!"  
Join us for stories, s'mores, and more!
FRIDAY., Aug. 25th   Movie Nigh with Popcorn over the fire! *NOTE THIS WILL BE ON FRIDAY NIGHT!
Sat., Sept. 23rd   Recreational Areas in our Region and S'Mores
Sat., Oct. 28th    Halloween at Lowell Park! Hayride, S'mores and More!

Guest Speaker on Saturday Night Campfire-Teresa 
shared about her adventure to Utah where 
she 'hunted' for dinosaur fossils.

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

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

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Ruth Edwards Nature Center Hours:

Schedule for Aug. 21-30, 2017

Monday, Aug. 21st     12:30-4:30 PM
Tuesday, Aug. 22nd          12:30-4:30 PM
Wednesday, Aug. 23rd     9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Wed., Aug. 23rd – Program for little ones 10:00-11:00 AM – Tracking Animals in the Park
Thursday, Aug. 24th   Closed
Friday, Aug. 25th  1:00-4:00 PM
Friday, Aug. 25th 7:00-9:00 PM –  Movie Night at the Park/Campfire – Movie- Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey    Saturday, Aug. 26th    Closed
Sunday, Aug. 27th      12:30-4:00 PM
Monday,  Aug. 28th     12:30-4:30 PM
Tuesday, Aug. 29th      12:30-4:30 PM
Wed., Aug. 30th      9:30 AM-2:00 PM
              Wed., Aug. 30th    6:00-7:30 PM   Hike-meet in the parking lot on Woosung Rd.

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)


Remember not all 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!


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.