"Your facility is one of the best I have seen in the world! Looking forward to being back."
-Dr. Bryan Grieg Fry
One of the world's foremost authorities on venom research, Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia, featured on National Geographic.
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
(Closed on major holidays)
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
SPECIAL NOTE: The WDC indoor exhibits may be closed periodically as we accommodate visiting school groups. Outdoor exhibits will still be open.
Field Trip/Event Closure Updates:
Fridays 10/14, 11/18 & 12/16 Classroom Exhibit Hall closed until 11:00am
Friday 11/11 Brief rotating room closures 12:00-2:00pm. Other exhibits will be open while one is closed.
Saturdays (all Fall): Classroom exhibits closed occasionally for Junior Zookeeper Class
Admission to the WDC is FREE. Please NOTE, Free Admission is only for individuals and related families of 8 or less. Larger groups (schools, organizations, Scouts, tours, etc.) must set up a program prior to arrival and pay a fee that will be quoted by the WDC Curator. E-mail our Program Coordinator to set up your program.
Visitor donations are encouraged and appreciated, and support the high-quality care we give our animals.
The WDC is located at historic Elawa Farm along the 670-acre Middlefork Savanna, a globally threatened ecosystem in Lake Forest, Illinois.
1401 Middlefork Drive
Lake Forest, IL 60045
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