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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. Book SOON for October, November or December and receive a discount on rentals! Click Here!

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.

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.


Monarch Festival is less than two weeks away...

Our current Monarch Butterfly Festival sponsors are...



FALL FISHING CLASSIC, October 10, 2015, 7am-12pm

Fish the entire shore for muskie, catfish, walleye and bass during our catch and release fundraiser. $100 a ticket for fishing, food and refreshments. Click here for more details

SPOOKY SPRINT, October 24, 2015, 5.30pm start

A twilight trail 1.5 mile Obstacle Dash, benefitting Palos Heights Police Department FOP lodge #154 and Lake Katherine Nature Center.

Details here

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