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Sunday, August 19th

$15 per car limited at 8 people.
$5 for each additional person after the first 8
Every person in the vehicle must be in seatbelt
Cannot be combined with special discounts or coupons
Members Free

-Regular Scheduled programs to take place
10am — Keeper Chat
Butterfly and Wildflower chat in the Kim St John Butterfly Habitat
11am – Animal Enrichment Project on the bricks
1pm — Bison and Elk Chat on the Bricks
1:30pm – Guided Hike through Merrill Woods
2pm – Feathers and Scales Chat in Forest Hall
3pm — Wildlife Rehabilitation at WPP


On the evening of March 18th, a female otter pup was born at Wildlife Prairie Park. The pup was given the name Winchester, as an ode to her parents, Annie and Oakley; she is called Winnie for short. The new otter pup has been under the private care of Park Animal Keepers for several months. She is eating solid foods, learning to swim and growing stronger every day. Park animal keepers have been giving Pupdates via their Facebook page, Wildlife Prairie Park, and allowing fans to get a glimpse into her life. After a long awaited 4 months, Winnie is now on public display! She is located in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center which is located on the back side of the Park’s Visitor Center. Also located in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is male mink, Chester and female opossums, Agnes and Mavis. Access to this area is included in general admission which is $9 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12, children ages 2 and under can enter the Park for free. Winnie will remain on display here until she is large enough to explore the otter yard on her own

Our Story 

Five years ago, Wildlife Prairie Park was in danger of closing its doors. The Park was not operating properly. Attendance was down, membership was at an all-time low, buildings were falling apart and animals were not being cared for. This caused the formation of Friends of Wildlife Prairie Park, a governing board who turned the Park around and brought back our jewel in the Midwest. Since then our staff and board have done an excellent job in securing donations to cover operating costs. Our biggest break yet may be the 2 for 1 match that has been granted by the Forest Park Foundation up to 1.25 million dollars and we are here to ask for your help.


Our Need 

We have already secured 43% of the dollars needed to take maximum advantage of our match donation from the Forest park Foundation. The money used in this donation will be used to create more attractions that will allow the Park to be more sustainable. The donations will allow us to be more independent and use community resources to grow the Park. Donate now!


What’s Next? 

The money used in this campaign will help us achieve the following:
– Seven new fully furnished family cabins for renting
– Remodeling of the Otter enclosure
– Improvements to the functionality of the Black Bear enclosure
– Modernizing banquet rooms
– Repair roads and sidewalks
– New fencing for a safer experience
– Equipment for the maintenance staff
– Starting of the Park’s endowment fund
These improvements will not only make the guest experience more enjoyable but the new cabins alone will generate $285,700 in additional  income per year. This campaign will generate operating dollars and help tremendously with making the Park sustainable.


How Can You Help?

No donation is too small. We are looking for donation of all kinds. Accepting donations from the general public as low as $5 and large corporate contributions as much as $100,000. To learn more about our options, please contact Brien Davis at bdavis@wildlifeprairieorg or donate now online. Please include in the memo that you would like to donation to go towards the capital campaign.


August 18th @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

2018 Schedule

June 8th: Brushville
July 14th: The BraziLionaires 
August 18th: Cusack Bros.
September 21st: The BraziLionaires
September 22nd: Tri-County Tailgaters
October 6th: Joe Stamm Band

$5 cash at the door


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 Silver Line Events & Catering

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