Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens

7402 W. Lake Katherine Dr.
Palos Heights, IL 60463- Map It
(708) 361-1873

AAA Editor Notes

Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens is just n. of College Dr. (SR 83) at 7402 W. Lake Katherine Dr. The preserve features butterfly, conifer, herb, rock and vegetable gardens as well as a variety of wildlife. Enhancing the site are cascading waterfalls and a boardwalk traversing a wildflower garden. The Frank Passarelli Nature Center houses live specimens and interactive exhibits that cover the natural and cultural history of the area. Hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing can be enjoyed on the site’s 3.5 miles of trails. Bicyclists can enjoy a section of the Cal-Sag Trail along the south edge of the grounds. Canoe rentals also are available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.
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Hours: Grounds daily dawn-dusk. Nature center Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 10-4; closed major holidays. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.