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

July 2016
SeriesSat, Jul 2 • 10 AM
Free

Little Fliers

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSat, Jul 2 • 1:30 pm
Free

Live Healthy, Discover Nature Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Jul 3 • 1:30 pm
Free

Pioneer Living

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Thu, Jul 7 • 6 PM
Free

Avian Encounters!

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

Animals of the Night

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Jul 10 • 1:30 pm
Free

Sand Ridge 101

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Mon, Jul 11 - Thu, Jul 14 • 9:30 am
$20

Summer Eye-Opener Camp

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Jul 17 • 1:30 pm
Free

The Wonder of Salamanders

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Fri, Jul 22 • 8 PM
Free

A Midsummer Night’s Stroll

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Jul 23 • 1:30 pm
Free

Feathered Homes

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Jul 24 • 1:30 pm
Free

Ecological Restoration Workday

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Mon, Jul 25 - Fri, Jul 29 • 9:30 am
$25

Outdoor Adventures Camp

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

Bryology

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
August 2016
SeriesSat, Aug 6 • 10 AM
Free

Butterflies and Caterpillars

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

Live Healthy, Discover Nature Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Aug 6 • 1:30 pm
Free

Live Healthy, Discover Nature Hike

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

Pioneer Living

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Fri, Aug 12 • 8 PM
Free

A Dog Day Night Hike

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

Ferns of Sand Ridge

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Aug 14 • 1:30 pm
Free

Reptilemania

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Aug 20 • 1:30 pm
Free

A Trail for All People

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

Sand Ridge 101

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Fri, Aug 26 • 7:30 pm
Free

An Evening in the Cabin

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

Herp Day

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sun, Aug 28 • 1:30 pm
Free

Ecosystem Exploration

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
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