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

Events List Navigation

May 2015
Sat, May 30 • 1:30 pm
Free

Frog Frenzy!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
June 2015
Wed, Jun 3 • 5 PM
Free

Naturalist’s Choice

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Fri, Jun 5 • 8 PM
Free

World Environment Day Night Hike

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

The Sun, Our Nearest Star

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSat, Jun 6 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wonders: What’s That Smell?

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

Live Healthy, Discover Nature! Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Jun 7 • 1:30 pm
Free

Pioneer Living

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Wed, Jun 10 • 5 PM
Free

Naturalist’s Choice

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Fri, Jun 12 • 8:15 pm
Free

The Astronomer’s Night Sky

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSat, Jun 13 • 1:30 pm
Free

Nature Tales: Follow the Drinking Gourd

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Wed, Jun 17 • 5 PM
Free

Naturalist’s Choice

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Don't MissSat, Jun 20 • 10 AM
Free

Juneteenth Celebration

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Jun 21 • 1:30 pm
Free

Father’s Day Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Wed, Jun 24 • 5 PM
Free

Naturalist’s Choice

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSat, Jun 27 • 10 AM
Free

Photo Meet-Up

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Jun 27 • 1:30 pm
Free

Great American Campout

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
July 2015
Wed, Jul 1 • 5 PM
Free

Naturalist’s Choice

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSat, Jul 4 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wonders: Hummingbirds

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

Live Healthy, Discover Nature! Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Jul 5 • 1:30 pm
Free

Pioneer Living

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Mon, Jul 6 - Thu, Jul 9 • 9:30 am
$20

Summer Eye-Opener Camp

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Wed, Jul 8 • 5 PM
Free

Naturalist’s Choice

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSat, Jul 11 • 1:30 pm
Free

Nature Tales Series: Aquatic Life

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Wed, Jul 15 • 5 PM
Free

Naturalist’s Choice

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

Ecosystem Exploration

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Mon, Jul 20 - Thu, Jul 23 • 9:30 am
$20

Summer Eye-Opener Camp

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Wed, Jul 22 • 5 PM
Free

Naturalist’s Choice

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

Reptilemania!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Jul 26 • 1:30 pm
Free

Parent’s Day

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Wed, Jul 29 • 5 PM
Free

Naturalist’s Choice

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
August 2015
SeriesSat, Aug 1 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wonders: Nature in Color

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

Live Healthy, Discover Nature! Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Aug 2 • 1:30 pm
Free

Pioneer Living

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Mon, Aug 3 - Fri, Aug 7 • 9:30 am
$25

Outdoor Adventures Camp

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Wed, Aug 5 • 5 PM
Free

Naturalist’s Choice

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Aug 8 • 1:30 pm
Free

Outdoor Survival

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Wed, Aug 12 • 5 PM
Free

Naturalist’s Choice

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSat, Aug 15 • 1:30 pm
Free

Nature Tales: Eating “On the Fly”

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSun, Aug 16 • 1:30 pm
Free

Restoration Workday

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Wed, Aug 19 • 5 PM
Free

Naturalist’s Choice

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Aug 22 • 1:30 pm
Free

Amphibian Survey

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Wed, Aug 26 • 5 PM
Free

Naturalist’s Choice

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Aug 29 • 1:30 pm
Free

The Wonder of Salamanders

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

Fur Tradin’

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
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