Sand Ridge Nature Center

Sand Ridge Nature Center Center

Sand Ridge Nature Center’s 235 acres offer trails for easy hiking. From ¼-mile to 2 miles long, each trail passes through a number of habitats, including prairies, oak savannas and woodlands on ancient beaches and sand dunes, marshes and ponds. Come in April and May for a wonderful spring woodland wildflower display, in summer for colorful prairie wildflowers, and return in autumn for colorful leaves. Spring and fall bring numerousbirds that stop to rest and feed in the different habitats. Fans of dragonflies and butterflies are treated to their aerial displays on warm days. Winter finds snow highlighting the graceful shapes of trees and shrubs, the cheery calls and colors of our resident winter birds, and the tracks of more secretive animals.

 

Sand Ridge Nature Center features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Calumet region. You’ll find native wildlife including birds of prey, snakes, turtles, and fish, and a Kid’s Corner with hands-on activities. You can watch bird feeders from the classroom, and outside stroll through a colorful butterfly garden, and enjoy a number of interpretive gardens. Reproduction log cabins depict the lifestyles of early 19th Century Illinois.

 

Sand Ridge Nature Center offers a number of special events, including an Earth Day Celebration, where we are all reminded in a fun way to treat our planet with care. Illinois Archaeology Day, in mid-September, highlights Native American culture. Settlers’ Day, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, features costumed re-enactors from French fur trading days through the American Revolution, pioneers, and the Civil War. Join a Wagon Train trip from Ohio to Illinois in 1821, or participate in a guided history hike to learn about the founding and early development of our Country. Visiting with our many re-enactors or local Archaeologists, touring a Native American wigwam, or making a period craft to take home are just a few of the many additional things to do and enjoy.

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15891 Paxton Ave
South Holland, IL 60473
708-868-0606
 

Hours: March – October
Building 9 am – 5 pm, closed Fridays
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: November – February
Building 9 am – 4 pm, closed Fridays
Grounds 8 am – 4 pm

Closed:
Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

April 2019

Fri, Apr 5 • 7 PM
Free

Sand Ridge Audubon Society

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Apr 6 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Puppet Show Series: Good Morning, Spring Beauty!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSat, Apr 6 • 1:30 pm
Free

Live Healthy, Discover Nature! Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Apr 7 • 2 PM
Free

Raptor Feeding Program

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesWed, Apr 10 • 9 AM
Free

Bird Walk

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Wed, Apr 10 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wonders

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Apr 13 • 1:30 pm
Free

Fire 101

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Apr 14 • 10 AM
Free

Please Touch! Reptiles and Amphibians

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesTue, Apr 16 • 8 AM
Free

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Don't MissSat, Apr 20 • 10 AM
Free

Earth Day

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Apr 20 • 11 AM
Free

Wellness in the Woods: Earth Day Forest Therapy

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Apr 21 • 10 AM
Free

Pioneer Living

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Mon, Apr 22 - Fri, Apr 26
Free

Spring Break Nature Fun

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesTue, Apr 23 • 8 AM
Free

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Apr 27 • 10 AM
Free

Conservation@Home: The Down and Dirty: Building Better Soils

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Apr 27 • 1 PM
Free

Nature Explorers

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesTue, Apr 30 • 8 AM
Free

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland

May 2019

Fri, May 3 • 7 PM
Free

Sand Ridge Audubon Society

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, May 4 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Puppet Show Series: Colorful, Wonderful Birds!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSat, May 4 • 1:30 pm
Free

Live Healthy, Discover Nature! Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, May 5 • 2 PM
Free

Raptor Feeding Program

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesTue, May 7 • 8 AM
Free

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Wed, May 8 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wonders

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Fri, May 10 • 7 PM
Free

Spring Evening Awakening

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesSat, May 11 • 6 AM
Free

Big Sit

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, May 11 • 10 AM
Free

Please Touch! Beautiful Birds

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, May 12 • 1 PM
Free

Nature Explorers

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesTue, May 14 • 8 AM
Free

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Fri, May 17 • 7:30 pm
Free

‘Scopes in the City

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, May 18 • 10 AM
Free

Frog Frenzy

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, May 19 • 10 AM
Free

Pioneer Living

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
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