Visit Learn Volunteer Donate Rental Recycle
Lake Katherine
In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.
- JOHN MUIR
.

Youth Programs


Children's Programs

Free event for kids! Stories at the Lake
The first Thursday of every month, 4pm-5pm
Lake Katherine volunteer educator Nicole Snyder will host storytime, reading aloud from a nature-themed children's book. Plus fun activities. No need to book in advance - just turn up.

Little Explorers
1 hour experience for 3-6 year old children together with their favorite adult
$6 per child, pre-registration is required




Can you see me?
December 14, 15 or 16

We will handle animal pelts to learn about their adaptation. A walk outdoors and a game of hide and seek will help us understand camouflage. A simple craft project is included.
Program #      Day            Date                 Time
644                Thursday    December 14    9:30 am
645                Friday        December 15     9:30 am
646                Saturday    December 16     10:30 am
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Popcorn!
January 18, 19, or 20

Celebrate national popcorn day with fun activities including watching corn pop through a clear dome, tasting different colored corn and playing some corny games. A short walk outdoors and craft included.
Program #      Day            Date                 Time
668               Thursday    January 18    9:30 am
669               Friday        January 19     9:30 am
670               Saturday    January 20    10:30 am
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Ice and Snow
February 15, 16, or 17

Starting indoors we will celebrate winter with activities using ice and snow followed by a short walk outdoors and finishing with a colorful art project.
Program #      Day            Date                 Time
671              Thursday    February 18    9:30 am
672              Friday        February 19     9:30 am
673              Saturday    February 20    10:30 am
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Turtles
March 8, 9, or 10

We will look closely at the turtles in the nature center to see their similarities, and differences.  Children will hold and help feed the turtles.
Program #      Day            Date                 Time
674             Thursday    March 18    9:30 am
675             Friday        March 19     9:30 am
676             Saturday    March 20    10:30 am
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Love a Tree Hug a Tree
April 12, 13, or 14

Our investigations will lead us to love the trees around us and hopefully spur us to give a tree a hug. A tree project to take home is included.
Program #      Day            Date                 Time
677             Thursday    April 18    9:30 am
678             Friday        April 19     9:30 am
679             Saturday    April 20    10:30 am
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program



Wednesday After School


Jr. Explorers
Programs for children grades K-2, Wednesday 4:00-5:00
$6 per child, pre-registration is required



Hiding in Plain Sight
We will look at animal pelts, play a game of hide and seek to help us learn of animal adaptations. We will walk outdoors and crate a craft project to help us learn about camouflage.
Program #   Grade    Date
650             K-2       December 13
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Pop, pop, pop!

Celebrate national popcorn day with fun activities including watching corn pop through a clear dome, tasting different colored corn and playing some corny games. A short walk outdoors and craft included.
Program #   Grade    Date
680              K-2        January 17
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Ice is Nice

We will conduct a few experiments using ice and snow followed by a short walk outdoors and finishing with a “icy” art project.
Program #   Grade    Date
681              K-2        February 14
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Meet a Turtle
We will look closely at the turtles in the nature center to see their similarities, and differences.  Children will hold and help feed the turtles.
Program #   Grade    Date
682              K-2        March 14
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Natural Egg Dyeing
Roots and beans, stalks and skins are used to make natural vegetable dyes.  Join us as we concoct our colorful stew.  This Easter celebrate using the eggs you colored with the dyes you learned to make.
Program #   Grade    Date
683              K-5        March 28
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Get in Touch with Trees

Our investigations will lead us to love the trees around us and hopefully spur us to give a tree a hug. A tree project to take home is included.
Program #   Grade    Date
684              K-2        April 11
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program




Eco-Explorers
Programs for children grade 3-5, Wednesday 3:45-4:45
$6 per child, pre-registration is required


Snowshoeing

Take a hike outdoors with our snowshoes (snow or no snow).  Afterwards enjoy hot cocoa with marshmallows indoors.
Program #   Date
685           January 31
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Winging It

We will discover the unique attributes of birds through hands-on      investigations. Each child will dissect a chicken egg, learning the function and purpose of each part. We will also participate in an owl “nest feeding” game, measure the wingspans of various birds, use magnifying glasses to inspect feathers, and match tools to bird beaks.
Program #   Date
686           February 28
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Natural Egg Dyeing
Roots and beans, stalks and skins are used to make natural vegetable dyes.  Join us as we concoct our colorful stew.  This Easter celebrate using the eggs you colored with the dyes you learned to make.
Program #   Date
683           March 28
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Earth Day Celebration
Celebrate Earth day, we will be take part in a mini clean up, followed by outdoor art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy.
Program #   Date
687           April 25
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program


                            Please click here for program waiver






    

 

 




 

 


Search:

Get Our
Newsletter:

Hours,
Directions
and Map

Facebook Twitter Flickr Linked In
 
 
© 2017 Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens | Palos Heights, IL. All Rights Reserved.
Lake Katherine is owned and supported by the City of Palos Heights and managed by Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens.
Design and Development by J Rudny, LLC.