Live Weather

Click for the latest Bourbonnais weather forecast.

BTPD Weather Line:
(815) 933-9905 ext. 5


Header Image (550x200)

Willowhaven Park & Nature Center


To preserve its natural setting, no motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails. Also there is no swimming, horseback riding, boating or camping in the park.

The Bourbonnais Township Park District is proud to present it's new Dog Park opening on April 21, 2018! Annual memberships will be required to use the dog park and sales of memberships begin on April 21 at 12:30pm at the Willowhaven Park & Nature Center! On April 21, dog park memberships will be available for a ONE DAY ONLY price of $35 for a single dog membership or $55 for a family membership for up to 3 dogs.

For details on pricing after April 21 and vaccincation requirements please check out our Dog Park Registration Packet for more details. 

Dog Park Registration Packet (PDF)

Dog Park Registrations will be accepted starting April 21 at 12:30pm.


Wildlife (width 270)

The wetlands and ponds of the Willowhaven Park are a natural invitation to wildlife. Spring is the best time of the year to catch glimpses of migrating waterfowl like Northern Shovelers, Blue-wing teals and Hooded Mergansers. You can also catch Snapping and Painted turtles along the trails as they dig nests.

Summer brings out the pond life like Bull Frogs, Crayfish, Dragonflies, Great Blue Herons and Green Herons. A wide variety of wildlife can be found in the park including white tail deer, ring-necked pheasant, coyote and raccoons are abundant. Many bird species nest in the park including waterfowl, songbirds and red tail hawks. The ponds are home to many fish species including bass, crappie and bluegill; as well as, frogs, toads, turtles and many types of waterfowl are found in and around the ponds.


Trails (width 550)

1 mile of paved trails within Willowhaven Park guide you through natural areas as well as past many of the park recreational areas. The rustic 0.5 miles of rustic stone trails circle the parks wetland and prairie areas.Trails are open from sunrise to sunset 365 days of the year. Pets are welcome but please remember to be courteous to others enjoying the trails by keeping them leashed and disposing of waste properly.


History (width 270)

In 1999, the Bourbonnais Township Park District accepted a donation of seventy acres from the family of Roman "Smitty" Smietanski. The donated land was at one time use for agricultural purposes before it was converted to a more natural setting to attract wildlife. It was the wish of the Smietanski Family that the donated property, formerly known as Roman's Willowhaven, be kept as natural as possible.

Shortly after the acquisition of the Smietanski property, sixty-one acres of land was purchased adjacent the the Smietanski land. Willowhaven Park was created on these two properties.

Development of the park was done through 3-D Design, Inc.who created the trails and interpretive gardens featured in the park. Preservation Trades, Inc. took over the project of creating a nature center on the site by restoring a 1900s antique barn that was donated from the Folker family in Iowa to create the Willowhaven Park & Nature Center. The doors of the Nature Center opened in July 2006.

Activities Guide

Jan - April 2018

Find us on


The annual Perry Farm Park egg hunt has been postponed until
Saturday, March 31st

The egg hunt will begin at 10:00am sharp. Please arrive a few minutes early and don't forget your basket!

Looking for a Field Trip Location this spring? Check out the Willowhaven Park & Nature Center's new
Field Trip Guide!

Dog Park membership registrations will be accepted starting April 21, 2018 at 12:30pm. For a special one day only discounted rate of $35 for a single dog membership/$55 for a family membership for up to 3 dogs for the year please check out our Grand Opening event on Saturday April 21! For details on vaccinations needed for membership please review our
Dog Park Registration Packet