The Ruth Edwards Nature Center is a great place to begin your visit to
Stop in for the latest park information and recreational opportunities.
Lowell Park Gate: Foot traffic is allowed from 5:00 AM till 11:00 PM.
Starting April 1st the park gates will be open from 6:00 AM till 9:00 PM.
Spring Wildflowers are blooming! Stop in at the Nature Center to pick up your Lowell Park Spring Wildflower Guide!
Spring Beauty, Virginia Bluebells, Violets, Trout Lilly, and Liver Leaf.
The photo is of Dutchman’s Breeches, which usually are found April-May in the park. Stop in at the Nature Center for tips on what is blooming and where!
Join us for Summer Day Camp at Lowell Park on Wednesday, June 13th. Camp is for kids 8-12 years old. Click on the link below for the registration form. Limited to the first 10 kids.
Ruth Edwards Nature Center Hours
The Nature Center will be open on the following days in May:
Tuesday, May 1st—Noon-4:30
Wednesday, May 2nd—Noon-4:30
Friday, May 4th-Noon-4:30
Saturday and Sunday (May 5-6th)—1:00-4:00
Monday-Wednesday (May 7th-9th)—Noon-4:30
CLOSED—Thursday, May 10th
Friday, May 11th—Noon-4:30
Saturday and Sunday (May 12-13th)-1:00-4:00
Monday-Wednesday (May 14-16th) Noon-4:30
Thursday, May 17th-9:00AM-1:00 PM
Friday-Sunday (May 18-20th) 1:00-4:00
CLOSED –Monday-Thursday (May 21-24th)
Friday-Sunday (May 25-27th) 1:00-4:00
CLOSED-Monday-Thursday (May 28-31st)
May Events at Lowell Park:
Saturday, May 12th -Drop-in Saturdays! Stop in anytime between 1:30-3:30- May-learn about timber flowers!
Saturday, May 12th – Campfire Fun For All from 7:00-9:00 PM Guest speaker: Sherri Stauffer
Tuesday, May 15th – Nature Fun for Little Ones! For ages 3-5 from 10:00-11:00 AM-May we will learn about spring flowers
Tuesday, May 15th – Take a Hike on Tuesday Night! Join our guest speaker, Lori Hendrickson at 6:00 PM to learn about the wild flowers at the park!
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
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
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