Wildlife Discovery Center
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The Wildlife Discovery Center is a living museum and biological station at historic Elawa Farm , situated alongside the Middlefork Savanna , a 670-acre wildlife habitat in Lake Forest . You will be captivated as you experience a close-up encounter with our crocodilians and other reptiles . Visit our raptors in their outdoor enclosures or in a flight session or watch our bobcat , Boris , as he explores his " natural " eco-habitat . The WDC is home to approximately 85 species of animals . During regular visiting hours , you can talk with our animal keepers and meet some of our amazing animals .
In addition to visiting our resident animals , you can enjoy a hike and nature observation on the adjacent Middlefork Trail , or visit the Elawa Farm Park where you and your family can enjoy a picnic in the pavilion , play soccer in the field , or have fun in the huge playground . Our exhibits and programs provide an experience that will kindle a lifetime bond with nature . At the WDC , there is something for everyone !
What we offer
• Indoor and outdoor exhibits
• Outdoor interpretive trail
• Caretaker talks
• Feeding demonstrations
• Group tours
• School field trips
• Scout badges
• College internships
• Graduate-level research
Rob Carmichael , Curator carmichar @ cityoflakeforest . com 847.810.3663 ( O ) 847.902.9941 ( M )
CLASSES & CAMPS
• Zookeeper Classes 9-14Y
• Wildlife summer camps 4-15Y
• Off-site talks and exhibits
• VIP experiences with select animals
• Birthday parties for children
• Donate or partner exhibits
• Sponsor an Animal
Info Line : 847.234.6702
1401 MIDDLEFORK DR LAKE FOREST , IL 60045
EXIHIBIT HOURS INDOORS & OUTDOORS
Tu , Fr , Sa , Su
10 am - 4 pm Closed to the general public on major holidays and during organized tours .
While there is no charge for individuals or groups of eight or fewer , donations are very much appreciated . We rely on the help of our visitors and supporters to maintain the high quality care we provide for our animals .
We welcome groups of more than eight but request prior arrangements be made with the curator .
All proceeds help provide for the care and feeding of our special animals .
www . WildlifeDiscoveryCenter . org