Heller
Nature Center
Trails open 7:30am to dusk.

TRAIL HOURS:

  • Every Day
    7:30am - Dusk

BUILDING HOURS:

  • Sun-Mon
    Closed
  • Tue
    11:30am-5pm
  • Wed, Thu, Fri
    10:30am-5pm
  • Sat
    9am-3pm

Adventure is Out There

the opportunities are endless

Heller Nature Center is not only home to 97-acres of beautiful oak-hickory forest, tallgrass prairie, oak savanna, natural wetlands, and three miles of trails, but it is also home to incredible nature programs and adventures. Our Heller staff plans seasonal nature excursions and educational programs, including canoe trips, nature lectures, amazing nature adventure summer camps with rock climbing, and white-water rafting. Every August, you can participate in harvesting over 500 pounds of Heller honey produced by our famous Heller bees. If you are looking for a quiet escape to the woods, enjoy a picnic in our woodlands, visit our nature exhibit, participate in a program, play in Wander Woods, and cross-country ski our trails.  Heller also has a teams course for groups and a self-guided StoryTrail. Heller’s red, green and blue trails are crushed stone and wheel chair accessible. Our yellow trail is woodchipped.

Registration

Summer Session:

  • Registration going on now

Fall Session:

  • Resident registration begins Wed, July 20 at 7am
  • Non-resident registration begins Wed, July 27 at 7am

Wander Woods Nature Play Space

Heller Nature Center’s Wander Woods Nature Play Space is a free play natural area designed to nurture a child’s sense of wonder and discovery.

Wander Woods provides an unstructured play area limited only by the imagination. Nestled in the trees and solitude, children can climb a tree house, create in a mud kitchen, experiment with ramps and much more. Let the creativity and messiness begin.

Heller Honey

Heller Honey is 100% natural and produced in hives at the Heller Nature Center. Heller bees gather nectar from local plants, including bee balm, linden, acacia, honeysuckle and other fragrant blossoms to make this flavorful honey. In addition to producing hundreds of pounds of tasty honey, the bees play an essential role, pollinating many flowering plants.

Heller Nature Center staff and beekeeping volunteers extract the honey in late August. The honey can be purchased at Heller Nature Center while supplies last. Heller Honey makes a great party favor, teacher gift, wedding favor or birthday gift.

We offer public education programs at Heller’s apiary or we can come to you with our new portable observation hive. If you would like to discover more about bees and beekeeping, call us at 847.433.6901.

Heller Honey can be purchased at Heller Nature Center or the Recreation Center of Highland Park.

Rentals & Parties

Reserve a date for your next group meeting, family gathering or birthday party at Heller Nature Center.  The unique, natural, and comfortable surroundings of Heller Nature Center make it a great choice for celebrations!

Questions?

Contact Us

Jessica
Reyes
Manager
847.579.4182
Meghan
Meredith
Naturalist
847.579.4183
Cara
Wren
Office Coordinator
847.579.4181
Chris
Maliszewski
Assistant Director of Recreation & Facilities
847.579.3108