At Heller Nature Center, oak-hickory forests, tall grass prairie, oak savanna and natural wetlands are an oasis for native plants and animals. Heller Nature Center, a 97-acre preserve of the Park District of Highland Park, has been under public stewardship since 1977. Heller’s careful resource management, including restoration and controlled burns, provides a taste of an authentic native landscape. Visitors to Heller can also enjoy a picnic in our woodlands, visit our Design in Nature exhibit in the Goodman Log Cabin, or rent cross-country skis and explore our three miles of trails. At Heller, every season is suitable to enjoy the outdoors. Three miles of marked trails offer close contact with nature and a little bit of solitude amidst the hustle and bustle of Chicago’s northern suburbs.