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 will be closing for the season begining Friday, November 20, 2020.
The center will re-open in late Spring of 2021.

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 Willowhaven Park is open everyday. Park Hours are Dawn to Dusk.  Willowhaven 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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