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.

Lowell Park Gate:   The park gate will be open from 6:00 AM till 7:00 PM.  Foot traffic is allowed from 6:00 AM till 11:00 PM.
The roads at Lowell Park are closed. The parking lot by the nature center and the trails are still open. 


Snowshoes are available at the Nature Center! 

There is no fee to borrow the snowshoes, just sign them out and use them in the park!



Ruth Edwards Nature Center Hours 

Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-4:00 PM

HOLIDAY HOURS:  The Nature Center will be closed on December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th, 31st and January 1st. We hope you enjoy your holidays!

Weekdays we will be open when we have an event or for groups that contact us in advance.

If your group would like to come out, please email us at: [email protected] or contact the Park District Office.

Find something interesting? Share it with us! Either take a photo or if it is not living, bring it to the Nature Center.


These girls found an interesting nest and brought

it to Park Ranger. 


Do you know what type of bird made 

this nest?



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.




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