Whether you are interested in learning birdwatching techniques, or wish to enhance your skills, these three sessions will provide an excellent opportunity. Binocular technique, identification methods and other field practices will be taught. The first two sessions will take place in the Middlefork Savanna, adjacent to the Wildlife Discovery Center. The savanna is home to over 200 bird species. Kayaks will be provided to explore the Lake Michigan shoreline for the third session. If you have requests/special circumstances, please contact our Program Coordinator by clicking here.
Looking to get together with some friends and do something really unique? The Wildlife Discovery Center offers small groups (up to 8 people) the opportunity for a special VIP, behind-the-scenes tour of the WDC and interact with our animals, observe and participate in feeding demonstrations, and take a short hike outside to see the Middlefork Savanna. Your group will be up close and personal with our birds of prey, bobcat, and a variety of amazing reptiles including snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, alligators and crocodiles. You may even get to see a special feeding demo in our exhibit halls that will surely leave you speechless! (upon request) This can be a stand-alone program (1.5 hours), or, for larger groups/ functions, you can request this with private rentals at Elawa Farm (weddings, receptions, corporate events, private gatherings). This will be very popular with your guests! For groups like this we will have two to three staff on hand to provide interactive tours during cocktails and makes a great pre-event activity. All proceeds from this program goes right back into the costs of taking care of our animals.
For prices and setting up a program, contact our Program Coordinator by clicking here.
Sit Back And Let Your Child Have The Best Wildlife Experience Ever for his/her birthday!
We can provide an entertaining, interactive and educational experience at the WDC for a birthday or other celebration!
90-minute party includes:
• Staff setup of room, tables and chairs
• 30-45 minutes wildlife program (featuring live animals)
• Coloring sheets provided upon request
• VIP Tour of the wildlife exhibits (time allowing)
• Room for the party with tables and chairs
Refreshments and decorations are the responsibility of the host.
• Private party hours are Saturday or Sunday, between 10:30am to 3pm
BASE Fee: Up to 30 people | Resident Fee - $395 Non-Resident Fee - $475
Up to 50 people | Resident Fee - $475 Non-Resident Fee - $570
For date/form requests, contact our Program Coordinator by clicking here.
For Wildlife Discovery Center summer camps, please refer to the camp section of the City of Lake Forest Website.
Family Fun Camp-Out
Bring the family down to Forest Park Beach for a night of camping. Pitch your tent and get ready for an evening of family fun! The Wildlife Discovery Center will entertain you with a reptile show, while local astronomers will teach participants how to use (provided) telescopes to observe the heavens. Try your hand at metal detecting, watch a movie in the pavilion, or just enjoy the campfire. A catered dinner on Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning will be provided. This is the ONLY night of the year camping is allowed on LF Beach so don’t miss out on this unique family bonding experience!
Price is for a group of up to 5 participants. Each additional participant in the group is $35.
Location: Forest Park Beach - Pavilion North
Instructor: Wildlife Discovery Center Staff
30390101-01 Sat Sept 30 5-11:59 pm- Sun Oct 1 12:00-8:00 am R: $327 NR: $393
To register, click here. Search by class number.