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Natural Areas


Welcome to Highland Park’s Natural Areas

More than 250 acres of prairie, woodlands, ravines and wetlands provide residents with more than just open space.  They are places for wonder, learning and emerging science.

Few towns host 10 distinct natural habitats, ranging from the cool-water ravines of the Lake Michigan shore to rare Northern Flatwood communities to the Sedge Meadows of Skokie Valley, each with its distinct community of wildflowers, wildlife, trees and shrubs. 

In community parks such as Fink and Cunniff, we use native plants in raingardens, on shorelines and in ponds to provide beauty, help manage flooding and control erosion.

We are proud of our tradition of environmental education that allows us to bring outdoor science to our youngest residents and help adults of all ages build their resumes and find careers in the emerging green industries.

Become part of the team working to restore our natural areas:  Volunteer
Environmental Internships and Job Opportunities
Learn about nature through Environmental Programs

Enjoy Our Great Outdoors   Visit

Join a Workday!  Most Fridays at Heller Nature Center from 9 am to noon.  For information, contact our volunteer coordinator at 847.571.7740.