Wildwood Nature Center

Visiting Info

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
(Year Round)
Tuesday-Thursday:  10:00am-6:00pm
Saturday:  10:00am-4:00pm

Nature Nook

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
Saturdays: 10:00am-4:00pm

May 29-August 18
Saturdays: 10:00am-4:00pm 
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

Critter Connection

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.

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Wildwood Nature Center