Nature Playground

Heller Nature Center's Wander Woods, constructed in cooperation with the Chicago Wilderness organization, is a free play natural area designed to nurture a child's sense of wonder and discovery.

Open to the public dawn to dusk, Wander Woods provides an unstructured play area limited only by the imagination. Nestled in the trees and solitude, children find simple one word suggestions and basic tools such as water, mud, sticks, wheelbarrows, and shovels. Let the creativity and messiness begin. Click here to learn more about Wander Woods.