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Sponsor an event!

Help support the outreach and wildlife conservation efforts of the WDC with a corporate or individual event sponsorship. To find out more about the benefits of sponsorship, contact Rob Carmichael, Curator, at


Indoor Exhibits
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

(Closed on major holidays)

Outdoor Exhibits

Open Daily

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.

 CLICK to stay Connected to the Wildlife Discovery Center.

220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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