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

Youth Programs

Stories at the Lake
The first Thursday of every month, 4pm-5, free event for kids!
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
Summer Fun
Programs for children grades K-2 and 3-5

Email Marian at

Little Explorers

Mud glorious mud
Let’s have fun making mud pies and mud cakes. We will get our hands dirty experimenting with mud.
Program #      Day          Date             Time
734           Thursday    August 15      9:30 am
735           Friday        August 16       9:30 am
736           Saturday    August 17      10:30 am

A is for Apple
Peel and taste apples, count their seeds, sing an apple puppet song and take a walk outside looking for the colors of apples: red, yellow and green.
Program #      Day          Date               Time
584          Thursday    September 19     9:30 am
585           Friday        September 20     9:30 am
586          Saturday    September 21     10:30 am

Itsy bitsy Spiders
Explore, learn and have fun with a game, project and hike outdoors centered around the hidden world of spiders. This non “creepy” lesson dwells on fun spider facts and dispels spider myths.
Program #      Day          Date              Time
587            Thursday    October 17      9:30 am
588            Friday        October 18      9:30 am
589            Saturday    October 19      10:30 am

Our Thanksgiving
Your child will make their own small container of butter. We will then taste their creation and sample other foods from the 1700’s. Children will play a variety of games from past eras.
Program #      Day          Date                Time
590            Thursday    November 14     9:30 am
591            Friday        November 15      9:30 am
592            Saturday    November 16      10:30 am

All About Evergreens
Some trees keep their leaves all year round. We’ll walk amongst our evergreens to learn first-hand about their needles and cones. A “piney” craft project will finish our time together.
Program #      Day          Date                Time
593            Thursday    December 12     9:30 am
594            Friday         December 13     9:30 am
595            Saturday     December 14     10:30 am

                                 Click here for Program waiver

Summer Fun
$6 per child

Walking in the Waterfall
Make a splash investigating the movement of water while walking in our waterfall. Please wear clothes that can get wet. We supply the boots for the children.
Program # Grade    Date                 Time
709            K-2      August 21      1:00-2:00pm
710            3-5      August 21       3:00-4:00pm

We will hike to see our different gardens then create a garden collage. We will learn and take part in growing lettuce in a bag too.
Program # Grade      Date                  Time
723           K-2        August 28        1:00-2:00pm
724           3-5        August 28        3:00-4:00pm

                              Click here for Program waiver





Get Our

and Map

Facebook Twitter Flickr Linked In
© 2019 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.