When you visit Wildwood Nature Center, you feel transported — to somewhere far away from where you really are, to a state of mind that leaves you feeling peaceful and enriched.
Come take a self-guided walk through our five acre nature haven and enjoy our two ponds and butterfly garden. Or, get up close and personal with nature by exploring our interactive exhibits and animal displays. Take a class or a workshop, or simply enjoy the pond and prairie during each seasonal change. It’s all here for you to enjoy.
Admission is FREE!
Donations are kindly accepted to support the care of our animals. A donation box is located inside the building. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Wildwood Visiting Hours
Nature Nook is a free, interactive, educational area complete with books, puzzles, puppets, games, and activities. Each month explores a different nature topic!
Aug 21-May 26
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 10:00am-6:00pm
May 29-August 18
Nature Nook playroom is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between May 29-Aug 18.
Animal Feeding Time
Learn about your favorite animals during feeding time as Wildwood staff tends to over 35 animals at the Nature Center.
Hours: Wednesdays & Saturdays: 10:30am and 3:30pm
Get up close to a Wildwood animal during a free short, family friendly presentation. Learn about the featured animal, what makes him special, what he eats, and more. Make sure to pet him before he heads back to the animal room. Visit different animals each month.
Hours: Saturdays: 10:15am
At the Nature Center
- Live Animal Displays
- Turtle Pond
- Interactive Exhibits
- Birthday Parties
- Nature and Environmental Programs for All Ages
- Scout & School Programs
- Nature Nook (environmental play room)
In the Park
- Butterfly Garden
- Self-Guided Walk
- Walking Paths
- Picnic Facilities
- Fishing Ponds
- Campfire Pit (for use during Park District led programs)
- Prairie Demonstration Garden
- Rain Garden
Facility Rentals and Party Packages
Looking for a ‘wild’ time? You can find it with a party at Wildwood Nature Center! The perfect location for your child's next birthday celebration.
Our fun nature and animal-inspired parties are a unique way to celebrate your next event both indoors and outdoors. Or, choose a party that is not only fun for your guests but also helps to support Wildwood Nature Center.