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Start your adventure…. Join the Junior Naturalist program for kids at Wildlife Prairie Park!
Sessions take place once a month from 1-2:30pm typically on the first Saturday. Each month we will cover a different topic, from bugs or birds to animal habitats and sleeping patterns! Hands on activities and special animal programs will be included.
Each child will receive a badge and booklet for attending the session. There is no limit to the number of sessions your child can attend since each will be cover a different topic. Come to all 12 or just come to 1!
Next Session: February 17th- Happy Homes- Nests, dens and burrows are just a few types of animal homes. How are they built and who do they house?

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Parents are asked to stay with their children during each session.
Grade: 1st-8th
Student cost: $10 per student; Members $6
Parent cost: $3 per parent; Members free
Advanced registration and payment are required and can be done online or by calling 309-676-0998 ext. 312.
Please dress for the weather!
2018 Schedule:
January 6th- Look to the Sky
February 17th- Happy Homes
March 3rd- Animal Tracks
April 21st- Conservation in Action ***1pm-3pm
May 12th- Plant Diversity
June 16th- Bug Life
July 14th- Inside Out
August 18th- Pond Study
September 15th- Prairie Ecosystem
October 13th- Sleeping Patterns
November 17th- Mighty Mammals
December 15th- Herpetology

Supported in part by the Ruby K Worner Charitable Trust through the PNC Charitable Trust

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Outdoor activities (weather permitting):
– Sledding hill
– Snowman or fort building
– Animal track identification
– Animal snow enrichment

Indoor activities:
– Snow bubbles-experiment
– Milk jug igloo fun time
– Animal program with animal encounter
– Indoor star gazing
– Glow bowling
– Winter slime (K-5)-craft/ magnetic slime (6-8)

$50 per student
-10% discount to members and 10% discount per sibling after first student at regular price
Includes; t-shirt and book bag for each student, 2 snacks, crafts, activities and certificate and photo of an animal encounter

Age groups: programming and activities are tailored to different age groups.  Max of 10 students per age category (special accommodations will be made for families with multiple children attending if an age group is full)


Drop off 7:30-8am
Activities 8am-4:30pm
Pick up 4:30-5pm

All students need to bring a sack lunch-microwave available
2 snacks will be provided*

Special notes:  Please dress for the weather, we go outside if the wind chill is 20 or above *this follows the standard for the Peoria area schools.

*Please let us know if your child has dietary restrictions

How to book:
Call 309-676-0998 ext. 312
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Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
Event hours: 10am-3pm
Park hours: 9am-4:30pm

Regular Admission Rates Apply
Adults– $8
Children ages 3-12– $5
Children 2 & under—Free
Members Free


  • Animal movement exercises 11am, 1pm,3pm in Prairie Hall
  • Crafts in Gerties
  • Marked trails
  • Birds of prey on display 10a-3p
  • How animals at the park stay fit? Attend a special enrichment to learn more
    • Special animal enrichments:
      • Bobcats 11:30am
      • Molly the Bear 1:30pm
      • Otters 3:30pm

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  • Healthy snacks
  • Junior Naturalist class
    • Topic: Animal Tracks
    • Grade: 1st-8th
    • Student cost: $10 per student; Members $6
      Parent cost: $3 per parent; Members free
    • 1pm-2:30pm
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Wildlife Prairie Park cares about our environment. We are committed to recycling to reduce waste that sits in landfills. Please help us and do your part. Recently, over 70 recycling containers have been added to the Park grounds. Wildlife Prairie Park is also home to the first ever solar powered trash compactor in the Peoria Area. By partnering with PDC, we are hoping to reduce our carbon footprint with your help! Please use these recycling bins properly and enjoy your time with us at the Park!

Things that you can do to go green! 
-Recycle paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass
-Turn in all used ink cartridges and retired electronics to the WPP Ticket Gate for recycling
-Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth and not using it
-Save electricity by  turning off the lights when you leave the room or electronics when they are not in use
-Use recycled materials to make fun crafts
-Plant a garden and use produce scraps for compost
-Donate old toys, clothes  or other items
-Take a bike ride or walk rather than driving. If driving is the only option, carpool!
-Pick up trash when you are out on a walk or hike