Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens

The Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens are part of an 85-acre natural sanctuary that has been restored and is located in the center of the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Lake Katherine is the place to go to get in touch with nature, whether you want to go hiking, cycling, nature watching, participate in environmental programs or public activities, or whether you are searching for a particular site to have your own special event. 


The Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens are open daily, beginning at dawn and continuing until dusk. The hours of operation for the Frank Passarelli Nature Center are as follows: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Browse around this site.


Efforts Regarding Sustainability

Stewardship of the environment and sustainability are integral parts of Lake Katherine’s goal, and they play an essential role in the overall strategic planning process.



Lake Ink cartridges, eyeglasses, paper/cardboard, cans and bottles, clothes, and textiles are some of the items that can be recycled in Katherine. Other items that may be recycled include ink cartridges and eyeglasses.


Nature Field Guide

There is a wealth of information available on the many plant and animal species that have been seen in Lake Katherine.


Ecological Consulting

Learn how Lake Katherine may assist local companies, schools, and municipal institutions with the construction of natural habitats according to their specific requirements.




Field Guide Animals

The surrounding area of Lake Katherine is home to a wide variety of animal species. At Lake Katherine, there have been sightings of over 120 different species of birds, 19 different kinds of animals, 12 different kinds of fish, and 17 different kinds of reptiles and amphibians.


A diverse range of plant life may be found rooted in Lake Katherine, from plants that float on the water’s surface to trees and flowers used for decoration, as well as plants that grow at the lake’s bottom.




Private Events

Lake Katherine’s clubhouse and auditorium are both available for hire for usage in connection with a variety of special events. Lake Katherine is the perfect location for whatever event you want to throw, whether it is a wedding, birthday party, retirement party, baby shower, or bridal shower.




Information for Visitors to the Area

Visitors visiting the Lake Katherine and Palos Heights neighborhood have access to a large selection of possible places to stay during their time in the area. You are able to discover accommodations in the neighborhood that will provide you with a sense of familiarity and comfort, regardless of the kind of establishment you favor—a little inn, a huge hotel chain, or even a bed and breakfast.


During your stay there, you will also have access to a large number of various eateries, including both upscale and casual dining options. Visit a movie theater, go antiquing, window shop at retail malls, and treat yourself to deep dish pizza made in the Chicago way.




Visit the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau to get information on dining establishments, retail opportunities, and other points of interest. Visit one of the hotels in the region if you need somewhere to stay.