Scout & Custom

Have you wanted to learn about nature and never knew where to begin?

Have you always wanted to learn about nature but never knew where to begin? A Heller Naturalist can create a program that is based around your interests and needs, including leading your group on a nature walk, teaching a workshop, and helping you earn a scout badge. We can also visit your group for an informational discussion.

We have a wide variety of established, popular programs listed below.
Fees are shown as resident/non-resident.

Programs take place at Heller Nature Center and Rosewood Beach.

To inquire about booking or designing a program for your group, please call Meghan Meredith at 847.579.4183.

For scout group programs, please call Mark Bryant at 847.579.4184.

Snow Tracking for Scouts (3 sessions)

Special Event

Scouts are invited to join us for a day of searching for tracks in the snow. Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts programs are invited to visit Heller Nature Center to learn about what animals visit us in the winter. If weather permits, we will use our cross-country skis to explore. Then warm up around the campfire for some smores before heading home. Cross country skiing is available if snow is 4” deep.

Saturday, February 18, 2023
Session 1: 10–11:15am
Session 2: 11:15am–12:30pm
Session 3: 1–2:15pm

Each sessions can hold up to 10 people (including adults).

To inquire about booking your group for one of our sessions, please contact Mark Bryant at 847.579.4184 or Sessions can hold up to 10 people (including adults).

  • Archery $8.75/$9 per person

  • Beekeeping (here at Heller or we can bring a portable observation beehive to you) $8.75/$9 per person

  • Campfire and hike $10.75/$11 per person

  • Canoeing at $195 for up to 6 participants

  • Cross country skiing $10.75/$11 per person

  • Fire Building $8.75/$9 per person

  • Geocaching $8.75/$9 per person

  • Naturalist Badge $8.75/$9 per person

  • Pond Discovery $8.75/$9 per person

  • Shelter Building $8.75/$9 per person


If you enjoy roasting marshmallows or love sitting by a fire, campfire rings are available for rental upon reservation. Make your reservation at least two weeks in advance by calling 847.433.6901.

Take yourself through nature. Heller Nature Center is open dawn to dusk for you and your group to walk the trails and explore the natural wonders of our 97-acre preserve. Visit our Log Cabin’s Design in Nature exhibit filled with hands-on activities. Stop inside the Interpretive Center during business hours (Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm; Saturday 9am-3pm) and visit our Nature Exhibit featuring a bird watching station, a 450-gallon aquarium and interactive displays about the three main biological communities found at Heller or check out one of our seasonal scavenger hunts available at the front desk.


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Office Coordinator
Assistant Director of Recreation & Facilities