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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 – May
Building 9 am – 4:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 4:30 pm
Hours: June – August
Building Mon-Thu: 9 am – 6 pm
Fri: Closed
Sat-Sun: 9 am – 5 pm
Grounds Mon-Fri: 8 am – 6 pm
Sat-Sun: 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: September – October
Building 9 am – 4:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 4:30 pm
Hours: November – February
Building 9 am – 4 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 4 pm

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

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September 2015
SeriesSat, Sep 5 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wonders: Getting Ready for Bed

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSat, Sep 5 • 1:30 pm
Free

Live Healthy, Discover Nature! Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Sep 6 • 1:30 pm
Free

Pioneer Living

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Mon, Sep 7 • 1:30 pm
Free

Holiday Program: Skulls and Teeth

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSat, Sep 12 • 1:30 pm
Free

Nature Tales: Find Your Way!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Sep 13 • 1:30 pm
Free

The History of the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
archeology
Don't MissSat, Sep 19 • 10 AM
Free

Archaeology Day

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Fri, Sep 25 • 7 PM
Free

The Astronomer’s Night Sky

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Sep 26 • 10 AM
Free

The Sun, Our Nearest Star

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Sep 26 • 1:30 pm
Free

A Stroll Through Calumet

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Sep 26 • 6 PM
Free

Butterflies of the Night

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Sep 27 • 1:30 pm
Free

Fur Tradin’

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
October 2015
SeriesSat, Oct 3 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wonders: Acorns

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSat, Oct 3 • 1:30 pm
Free

Live Healthy, Discover Nature! Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Oct 4 • 1:30 pm
Free

Pioneer Living

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Oct 10 • 1:30 pm
Free

Food Through the Ages

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Mon, Oct 12 • 1:30 pm
Free

Holiday Program: Fall Colors

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Fri, Oct 16 • 7 PM
Free

Night Owls

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Oct 17 • 1:30 pm
Free

Find the Lost Beach

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Oct 18 • 1:30 pm
Free

Soak it Up!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Don't MissSat, Oct 24 • 11 AM
Free

Leave No Child Inside: Family Fun Day

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Oct 31 • 1:30 pm
Free

Radio Telemetry 101

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
November 2015
Sun, Nov 1 • 1:30 pm
Free

Pioneer Living

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSat, Nov 7 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wonders: Puppet Show

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSat, Nov 7 • 1:30 pm
Free

Live Healthy, Discover Nature! Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Wed, Nov 11 • 1:30 pm
Free

Holiday Program: Conifers

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Nov 14 • 1:30 pm
Free

Preparing for Winter Survival

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
settlers-day
Don't MissSun, Nov 22 • 10 AM
Free

43rd Annual Settler’s Day

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Nov 28 • 1:30 pm
Free

The Illinois Prairie

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
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