Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

Palos Heights, Ill.


7402 Lake Katherine Drive
Palos Heights, Ill. 60463
(708) 361-1873
Hours: Trails: dawn to dusk. Nature center: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Admission: Free. Festivals and some programs extra

This nature center and botanic garden offers many opportunities to observe wildlife in their natural habitat. Lake Katherine provides a nesting area for migratory waterfowl, as well as a refuge for many different species of wildlife. Hike 6 miles of trails.


Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens in Palos Heights offers Nature Day Camps for children ages 5-15 years old during the summer months. Participants will experience the beauty and fun of nature by paddling a canoe, wading in the waterfall, fishing in the lake, and many more outdoor activities at the 85-acre park. Lake Katherine's day camps teach kids about the natural world through a variety of games, crafts, and hands-on animal encounters in our Wildlife Discovery Center.

Tucked away in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Lake Katherine Nature Center provides a convenient day camp option that is close to home. Our programs are taught by professional environmental education staff and are aligned with the State of Illinois science standards. Camp groups are limited to 15 children per session to ensure hands-on learning and individual attention.

Nature Day Camps for ages 7-15 years old run from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and each week-long session costs $95 per child. Sessions for each age group are available in June, July, and August. Campers will enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities depending on the weather.

Starting in 2014, Lake Katherine will also offer a new "Forest Explorers" day camp for 5-6 year olds. This abbreviated option for younger campers will be offered on specific days in June and July from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Each session of "Forest Explorers" will cost $25 per child.

To learn more about Nature Day Camps at Lake Katherine and to see specific dates available, please call 708-361-1873 or visit

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