Mon, July 15 at 8am – 

Due to the excessive rain:

  • Sunset Woods Park and Sunset Valley Golf Club are closed.
  • Portions of the paths at The Preserve of Highland Park and Larry Fink Park are flooded.
Nature Center


  • Every Day
    7:30am - Dusk


  • Sun-Mon
  • Tue
  • Wed, Thu, Fri
  • Sat

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 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.


Fall Registration

  • Residents: Wednesday, July 17 at 7am
  • Non-residents: Wednesday, July 24 at 7am

Heller Honey

2023 Heller Honey is sold out until the next harvest in late August 2024.

2024 honey will go on sale in early September.

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.

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.

Notes from the Trail Blog

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

Artwork by local artists Slava Sorokin and Julia Boldetsky will be on display in the Prairie Room during the months of July and August 2024.

Slava Sorokin creates “living stone” scenes composed using rocks, sea glass, and sticks collected on the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Julia Boldetsky creates bold and colorful marker pieces, and describes herself as “a vessel through which images are channeled without much of an explanation.”

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].


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