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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 and we have two competitively priced venues available to rent for weddings, parties, baby or bridal showers.

Lake Katherine is proud to attract visitors of all ages with our year round educational programs for children, summer day camps, unique courses for adults and some fun-packed special events.

Unfortunately we are NO LONGER able to accept electronics for recycling.




Join us for the official Palos Heights' Independence Day celebration at the best spot in town. The firework display begins at 9:15pm with free entry for all. 
Lake Katherine is offering optional tickets to watch the fireworks from the balcony of the clubhouse for $15. The clubhouse will be open for 7pm to 10pm with wine, beer and snacks available for ticketholders! Limited availability-get your tickets today!

Find out how to market your business through sponsorship opportunities at Lake Katherine

WANT TO WORK AT LAKE KATHERINE? We have an openings for the following positions: Canoe Attendant, Part Time Custodian, and Part Time Building Supervisor.

Come have some fun at Lake Katherine this summer!










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