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Lake Katherine



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 and animals. 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




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 under 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday April 29: Nature & Literature Festival
Saturday May 13: Native Plant Sale & Chicago River Day
Sunday May 21: Break for the Lake 5K
Saturday June 3: Family Fishing Day
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