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

Winter 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. The honey can be purchased at Heller Nature Center or the Recreation Center of Highland Park while supplies last. Heller Honey makes a great party favor, teacher gift, wedding favor or birthday gift.

Fall 2022 Honey Update: We are SOLD OUT of this year’s harvest. Thanks so much to all who came and helped us harvest, and to everyone who purchased a jar. See you next year!

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

Sumi-e Midwest is currently exhibiting their ink and brush paintings and wall scrolls in our multipurpose Prairie Room from October 1–November 29, 2022.

Pictured: “First Lotus” by Kay Thomas  sumiemidwest.org

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.

Questions?

Contact Us

Jessica
Reyes
Manager
847.579.4182
Meghan
Meredith
Naturalist
847.579.4183
Mark
Bryant
Naturalist
847.579.4184
Cara
Wren
Office Coordinator
847.579.4181
Chris
Maliszewski
Assistant Director of Recreation & Facilities
847.579.3108