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Special Events



Fall Fishing Classic
Saturday, October 13th 7:00am-12:00pm
Fish the entire shore at Lake Katherine during this one day catch and release fundraiser. A donation of $100 per competitor includes lunch at noon and there are prizes for the biggest catches of the day.

Saturday, October 13, 7:30pm, free program for all ages!
Free family astronomy nights featuring guest astronomer, Joseph Mayer, of the Chicago Astronomical Society. Outdoor viewing with telescopes will take place in our Anniversary Garden area.

Evening Cal-Sag Bike Ride

Saturday, October 13, 5:30pm, FREE
Lake Katherine and the Palos Heights Recreation Department partner to bring you an evening bike ride. Join us at the Palos Heights City Hall parking lot as we embark on a guided cycle ride out to La Grange Avenue and back along the Cal-Sag Bike Trail. Halloween gear is optional but encouraged! The sun will set at 6:12pm so bicycle lights are necessary. Sign up through the Rec dept. website.

Fall Hayride & Campfire
Friday, October 26th 7:00pm-9:30pm, $10 per person.
Lake Katherine's annual Fall Hayride and Campfire is back. The hayride will be followed by pumpkin painting, treats and songs around the campfire. Registration and payment to be made in person or by mail no later than the Monday before the event.

Scrapbooking Weekend
Get creative, share tips and make a special scrapbook during this fun craft weekend.
Friday November 2nd: 6:00pm - midnight
Saturday November 3rd: 10:00am - midnight
Sunday November 4th: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: All three days - $50, Friday only - $14, Saturday only - $32, Sunday only - $14
Includes: Snacks and beverages all weekend, dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Bring your own sack lunch for Saturday. Preregistration required at the Nature Center.

Stories by the Lake

Thursday, November 8, 7:00pm-8:30pm, $5 per person
Lake Katherine and the Palos Heights Library will present an evening of poetry and prose with performers and writers sharing original stories about nature, the nature of place, and the nature of people. This special event will be held at Lake Katherine's Clubhouse. There will be $5 cover charge and an additional charge for drinks provided by the Harvest Room.

Holiday Hayride
Friday, December 14th, 6.30pm - 8:00pm, 7.30pm - 9:00pm, $10 per person.
Join us for one of two time slots as we ride on a decorated hay wagon around the streets of Palos Heights singing Christmas carols. Upon return to the nature center we will enjoy food, fun and traditions.

Winter Solstice Buckthorn Burn

Friday, December 21, 3:00pm-5:00pm, FREE
What better way to celebrate the return of the light by helping Lake Katherine burn buckthorn just as the sun sets at 4:22pm. Join us as we burn buckthorn from our invasive species removal throughout the year and make a toast to the shortest day of the year. Be prepared for the cold, and some physical labor. Cider and snacks will be provided.

To see all of the 2018 events visit our Calendar of Events.

Lake Katherine photographers take pictures of participants in our programs and classes, during special events, and throughout the grounds. Please be aware that these photos may be used in Lake Katherine articles, brochure, pamphlets, flyers, website, or other social media. You must give us written notice if you or your family members do not want to be photographed or published. We also invite you to submit your own photos from programs, visits, and events. Your photo may be featured in an upcoming publication.


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