- Feb 14 at 7am: Resident Registration
- Feb 21 at 7am: Non-Resident Registration
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 hundreds of 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.
2023 Heller Honey is sold out.
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.
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.
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!
Artwork by local artist Susan Willis will be on display in the Prairie Room from January 2 to February 29.
Susan’s artwork is motivated by and is a perfect expression of her deep love and appreciation of the natural world. She favors intense and bold colors found in nature and she uses these vibrant colors in her artwork. Susan believes that people need to surround themselves with beautiful and natural things. This helps them to feel their best – peaceful and joyful.
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 [email protected].