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Community

Park activities include hikes

DIXON – Three programs are planned for mid to late April at the Ruth Edwards Nature Center in Lowell Park, 2114 Lowell Park Road.

Planting Trees at Lowell Forest: A tree planting detail will be formed at the nature center to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day early on Thursday. Participants can expect to learn about the native tree species of the forest, an Illinois Nature Preserve, and the evasive species that threaten its health. They will be involved in evasive species control and planting, and should dress to work in the forest. It is recommended to bring a sack lunch, beverage and rain gear, and to wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and sturdy shoes.

The program will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is for ages 10 and older. The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for kids. Class size is limited to 10.

Fish Go to School Too!: Students from preschool age through second grade will learn about the bluegill, the state fish.

From 2 to 2:30 p.m. April 19, they will paint bluegill shapes and construct a water environment for them to “school” a mural to take home. The cost is $2.50.

Participants will need to bring a smock to protect clothing. Parental supervision is appreciated. Class size is limited to 15.

Creating Art From Refuse: After a presentation concerning leaf identification of native Illinois trees, participants will make leaf prints using discarded Styrofoam meat trays.

The program is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 26 for children in third grade and older. The cost is $2.50.

Participants should bring a smock; parental supervision is appreciated. Class size is limited to 15.

To register for any of the programs, call the 815-288-5209 and leave a message with the name, phone number, number of people, and the program. The money will be collected the day of event.

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