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 


Thursday, Aug. 16th – 12:30-4:30
Friday, Aug. 17th: 12:30-4:30
Saturday, Aug. 18th: 1;00-4:00 * Drop In Saturday from 1:30-3:30 and *Campfire from 7:00-9:00 PM
Sunday, Aug. 19th: 1:00-4:00
Monday, Aug. 20th: CLOSED
Tuesday, Aug. 21st: 3:00-4:30  (Presenting at Lee Co Council on Aging Noon-3:00)
Wednesday, Aug 22nd: 1:00-4:30
Thursday, Aug 23rd: 9:00-12:00
Friday, Aug. 24th: 12:30-4:30
Saturday, Aug 25th/Sunday, Aug. 26th: 1:00-4:00
Monday, Aug. 27th: 12:30-4:30
Tuesday, Aug 28th: 12:30-4:30
Wednesday, Aug 29th: 12:00-2:00 (Presenting at Nursing Home 2:30-4:30)
Thursday, Aug 30th: 12:30-4:30
Friday, Aug. 31st 12:30-4:30





Aug. 14th  6:00 PM  Take a Hike on Tuesday Night! Discover the trails at Lowell Park! 
Aug. 18th Drop In Saturdays! Life in Rotting Logs! 1:30-3:30 Learn what is using that old rotting log for a home or food!
Aug. 18th Campfire Fun for All – BATS! with guest speaker Ellen Rathbone  7:00 PM  Want to learn more about bats? Join us at the campfire as our guest speaker shares her information!

 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