All posts by Eva Kirschbaum

June 3rd 10am – 3pm

Following the natural history of butterflies in Illinois, we will now officially open the habitat for the season. Join us in for a day of activities, crafts, learning and fun all centered around butterflies!

Activities include:
-Learn how to catch and ID butterflies as well as help populate the habitat with the Master Gardeners for 10am-2pm weather permitting (butterflies do not like cold and rainy weather)
-Perfect opportunity for photos
-Make a Stepping Stone! For a $10 or $20 donation, create a stepping stone to decorate inside and outside the Butterfly Habitat for the 2017 season. After the season, you can collect the stepping stone to decorate your own garden!
-Animal Programs – Keeper Chat at 10am and 3pm at butterfly habitat.
-11am-6pm Wildside Grille
-11am-4pm Adventure Store
-10am-4:45pm Train Running

-Event included in general admission

-Free for members

Enjoy an evening of live music, food, drinks and fun!

2017 Schedule

June 10: Opening Night!  Double-Billing!
SMD & The Underground AND The Smokers Blues Band
July 15: 3 1/2 Men (Three and 1/2 men)
August 12: Cusack Bros.
September 23: The Brazilionaires
October 14: JammSammich

$5 cash at the door

Doors open and concessions begin at 5pm
Bands begin playing at 7pm
Event ends at 11pm

Pet Policy:
Leashed pets are allowed on the West Side property only. Owner is responsible for cleaning up all pet waste.

No outside food or drink allowed. All food and drink will be available for purchase from Hy-Vee

Brunches are Back!

Join us for our famous Sunday brunches catering by Hy-Vee!

When: The first Sunday of each month
Next Brunch: June 4th
Time: 9am-2pm
Where: Hespell Deck at Wildlife Prairie Park

Adults: $25
Children under 12: $15
Children 2 and under are free
Members receive a  discount

A variety of breakfast and lunch foods will be served.

Scrambled Eggs
Biscuits and Gravy
Breakfast Potatoes
Omelet Station
Waffle Station
Fried Chicken
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Mac N Cheese
Shrimp Cocktail
Salmon with Rice
Carved Prime Rib and Ham
Garden Salad
Mixed Fruit
Assorted Pastries
Assorted Desserts

Gather all your 6-11 year olds for a fun filled week at Wildlife Prairie Park.  Each week features new and different topics.  Each days activities include:  games, experiments, hikes, crafts, themed snacks, team building activities and much more.  Each week they will also have the opportunity to take a train ride, hayrack ride, and ride the Adventure Trek!

Time: Camp runs 8:30am-4:30pm
Extended care starting at 7:30am and ending at 5pm
Cost: $130/Member per week, $185/Nonmember per week
Advanced registration and payment are required.
Call 309-676-0998 Ext 312 or email

June 12-16, 2017

Monday: Sounds of Nature
Tuesday: Beastly Bling
Wednesday: Fishing Fun
Thursday: Wild About Wildflowers
Friday: Friday Funday

July 10-14, 2017

Monday: Wing Watchers
Tuesday: Animal Superheroes
Wednesday: Pond Study
Thursday: Camping
Friday: Friday Funday

July 17-21, 2017

Monday: It’s a Bug’s Life
Tuesday: Grossology
Wednesday: Outdoor Art
Thursday: Blast from the Past
Friday: Friday Funday


Advanced registration and payment is required. 


Reserve your spot here.

For additional information, please contact our programming department at (309)676-0998 ext 312 or