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

Events List Navigation

June 2018
Sat, Jun 23 • 1:30 pm
Free

Restoring Nature

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Mon, Jun 25 - Thu, Jun 28 • 9:30 am
$20

Summer Eye-opener Camp

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Wed, Jun 27 • 6 PM
Free

Wellness in the Woods: Nature’s Aromatherapy

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
July 2018
SeriesSat, Jul 7 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Puppet Show Series: Beat the Heat

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Jul 7 • 1:30 pm
Free

Live Healthy, Discover Nature! Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Mon, Jul 9 - Thu, Jul 12 • 9:30 am
$20

Summer Eye-opener Camp

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Fri, Jul 13 • 8:30 pm
Free

Lucky Thirteen Teen Night Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Fri, Jul 13 • 8:30 pm
Free

Lucky Thirteen Teen Night Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Jul 14 • 10 AM
Free

Wellness in the Woods: Nature Circuit Training

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Fri, Jul 27 • 8 PM
Free

Full Moon Night Hike

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

Ecosystem Exploration

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
August 2018
SeriesSat, Aug 4 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Puppet Show Series: Hummingbirds

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Aug 4 • 1:30 pm
Free

Live Healthy, Discover Nature! Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Mon, Aug 6 - Fri, Aug 10 • 9:30 am
$25

Outdoor Adventures Camp

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Aug 11 • 1 PM
Free

Nature Play Date

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Aug 18 • 1:30 pm
Free

Hummers and Flowers

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Fri, Aug 24 • 7 PM
Free

Evening in the Cabin

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Aug 25 • 1:30 pm
Free

Herp Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
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