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Come back to nature...
at Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens!

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens is an 85-acre non-profit park that includes woodlands, prairie, wetlands, gardens and a 10-acre lake.
An estimated 100,000 people come to the park each year to hike, jog, walk their dogs or to simply enjoy the beauty of the gardens and the abundant opportunities to see wildlife. In the warmer months Lake Katherine has canoes and kayaks to rent and our newly completed section of the Cal-Sag Trail provides a beautiful cycling route for nature lovers. Our nature center features a menagerie of reptiles, animals and interesting books and exhibits for kids. We also have a children's play area located in the Children's Forrest.

Hours of Operation: The park is open daily from dawn until dusk. The nature center is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive
Palos Heights
Illinois 60463
(708) 361-1873 or email lkvisitorinfo@lakekatherine.org

 

 

KAYAK & CANOE ON THE LAKE
May 30th thru October - as weather allows
Rent a canoe or kayak and enjoy our lake! As you paddle you may see muskrats, beavers, herons and turtles. Boats are available Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person, per hour. Participants must be six years of age or older and children 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Note: On July 3rd portions of the trails will be closed.  See below for details.         Attention trail users: The west end of the Lake Katherine Nature Trial will be closed all day on Monday July 3rd for the Palos heights Independence Day Fireworks show. A majority of the trail will remain open but please respect the barricaded areas, it's for everyone's safety.                                                                     Attention trail users: The Cal-Sag Bike Trail will be closed all day on Monday July 3rd from the west end of Lake Katherine to Fullers Car Wash on Southwest Highway for the Palos heights Independence Day Fireworks show.  The rest of Cal-Sag Trail will remain open but please respect the barricaded areas, it's for everyone's safety.   

Lake Katherine Nature Day Camps                                                            Learn about the natural world through games, crafts and daily exploration. Investigate creatures, walk in the waterfall, run through the praire, and fish in the lake.                                                                                                                                Click here for more details

COMING UP AT LAKE KATHERINE
Monday, July 3: July 3rd bash
Sunday, Sept 17: Monarch Butterfly Festival
Saturday, Oct 14: Fall Fishing Classic
Click here for more details

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