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.


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

Nature Center Hours

The Willowhaven Nature Center is now open for normal business hours.
Admisssion to the Nature Center is free.

  • 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: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

The Nature Center will be closing at 1pm on Friday, November 27. The Nature Center will be closed December 28-January 4 and January 18-February 1 2021 for maintenance and repairs.

The Willowhaven Park is open everyday. Park Hours are Dawn to Dusk.  Willowhaevn park is open to the public and admission is free. 
Dog park admission requires a 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, wildflower gardens, 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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