Programs are offered year round!
The Willowhaven Nature Center offers a variety of programs for children, adults and families.
Have a special event, need the perfect venue?
Willowhaven is a spectacular location to host!
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We are excited for you to utilize our new Dog Park here in Kankakee County.
Visit the Nature Center
Open Tuesdays-Fridays and select weekends March-November


The Willowhaven Park & Nature Center is a play centered discovery museum with displays from around North America. We encourage hands-on exploration and self-led discovery. We want children to ask questions and get excited about nature! We strive to provide a safe and inviting environment, which allows children to explore and develop a level of comfort with the great outdoors.

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Nature Center Hours

 Admisssion to the Nature Center is free and open to the public March 1 - November 23.

  • Mondays: Closed
  • Tuesdays: 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thursdays: 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fridays: 9:00am – 4:00pm*

And the 1st and 3rd Full weekends each month

  • Saturdays: 9:00am – 4:00pm*
  • Sundays: Closed
    *The Willowhaven Nature Center will close at 2pm on October 15, November 11 and closed all day on November 19 for private events.

The Willowhavven Park is open every day. Park Hours are Sunrise to Sunset.
Willowhaven park is open to the public and parking is free. 

Dog park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and admission requires memembership.


Willowhaven Park and Nature Center has a plethora of fantastic amenities for every outdoor enthusiast. With over 1 mile of hiking trails, a playground, 9 hole disc golf course, fishing overlooks, and our 3+ acre Dog Park, there is something here for you! Our ponds at the park have bass, bluegill and crappie fish; which is open for catch and release fishing year round! We also rent out our Nature Center, which can include, a multipurpose room, bathrooms, and main exhibit hall. Plan your next visit with us!

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What we offer at Willowhaven