Nature Center
Trails open 7:30am to dusk.


  • Every Day
    7:30am - Dusk


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  • Wed, Thu, Fri
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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.


Summer Session:

  • Residents: May 3 at 7am
  • Non-Residents: May 10 at 7am

Spring Session:

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. 

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.


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!

Art Exhibit

Kathryn Lentz’s photography exhibition “Nature… Beyond the Lens” will be on display in the Prairie Room from March 4 to April 28.

Local photographer and children’s book author Kathryn Lentz will be showcasing stunning images from our wild animal kingdom in addition to nature scenes from across the United States.

Opening reception: Saturday March 4 from 12-2pm. Join us for refreshments and conversation with Kathryn Lentz, and enter a free drawing to win a signed copy of “Sage the Very Smart Bear,” an 8×10 photograph of the real life Sage, and a lovable bear stuffie!

We recommend calling ahead (847.433.6901) to be sure the room is available for viewing, since the room is often used for programs and rentals.

Heller Nature Center is proud to feature artists who explore nature through their work and passion. If you are an artist who would like to display your work at Heller, please contact Cara Wren at 847.579.4181 or cwren@pdhp.org.


Contact Us

Office Coordinator
Director of Recreation & Facilities