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., 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., 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., Sept. 27th Explore the Prairie Wed., Oct. 25th Explore the Fall at the Prairie
"Campfire Fun!" Join us for stories, s'mores, and more! 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.
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New hours start August 31st.
We will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-4:00.
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.
Ruth Edwards Nature Center Hours:
PLEASE REMEMBER TO CALL 815-288-5209 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO: [email protected] to register FOR ALL EVENTS!
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!
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.