Wildwood Nature Center

Stop in at the Wildwood Nature Center during our open hours to visit with the animals, and learn and play with nature in our Nature Nook.

From dawn to dusk, hike the trails outside at Wildwood to meander down the woodland walk, through the prairie paths, and around the pond. Look for local wildlife, native trees, flowers, and plants, and enjoy the surrounding beauty.

Explore Wildwood's grounds with a self-guided walk through our five-acre natural oasis and enjoy our two ponds, restored native prairie, and woodland walk.

Register for a class or a workshop, or simply enjoy the pond and prairie during each seasonal change. It’s all here for you to enjoy!

Nature Center Visiting Hours

Tuesdays 10:00am-6:00pm
Wednesdays 10:00am-6:00pm
Thursdays 10:00am-6:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm

NOTE: For the safety of others and the animals, strollers are not allowed inside the Nature Center building.

Wildwood Nature Center Temporary Closure

The Wildwood Nature Center at 531 Forestview will be closed temporarily beginning Thursday, May 9 for construction.

Work is being done as a follow up to initial construction to make the stairway into the basement code compliant, which will allow staff to then use this area for storage, tank and cage maintenance, laundry, and other needs. This work requires us to move some of the animals out of the Nature Center for their comfort and safety.

We anticipate the Nature Center to reopen on Saturday, June 8. Please check back for status updates.

Nature Nook

Visit the Nature Nook, a free interactive educational area complete with nature books, puzzles, puppets, games, and activities. Each month we explore a different nature topic.

Wildwood Nature Center's Mission Statement

To provide environmental education, outreach programs and natural experiences for people of all ages; strive to increase biodiversity, stewardship and awareness of the natural world; and mentor and lead individuals to respect and appreciate local wildlife and the environment.


At the Nature Center

  • Live Animal Displays
  • Interactive Exhibits
  • Nature Nook (environmental play room)

At the Program Center

  • Birthday Parties
  • Nature and Environmental Programs for All Ages
  • Scout & School Programs

In the Park

  • Informational Signage & Interactive Exhibits
  • Self-Guided Woodland Walk
  • Walking Paths
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Fishing Ponds
  • Campfire Circle (paid reservation required; call Wildwood to schedule your campfire event)
  • Restored Native Prairie
  • Rain Garden
  • Labyrinth
  • Human Sundial
  • Sam Biardo Prairie Observation Deck
  • Fishing Deck and Rock Landing Areas

Wildwood 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