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Saturday, March 16th, 2019
Event Hours: 10am-3pm
Park Hours: 9am-4:30pm

Adults: $8
Children ages 3-12: $6
Children under 2: Free
Members: Free

Menu/Grille Specials
-Corned Beef & Cabbage $6
-Reuben Sandwich $6
-Irish Nachos $5
-Green Shake $4

-Leprechaun Hat craft- Gertie’s Discovery Workshop from 10-3pm
-What’s your Leprechaun Name- Gertie’s Discovery Workshop from 10-3pm
-Lucky Day scavenger hunt- Gertie’s Discovery Workshop from 10-3pm
-Activity Pages- Forest Hall from 10-3pm
-Crafts like pipe cleaner snakes, chain snakes, and shamrock crafts- Forest Hall from 10-3pm
-Giant snakes and Ladders Game-Forest Hall from 10-3pm

NEW for 2019, join us for a dollar day for your town! Pay just $1 per person to unplug and explore the outdoors with Wildlife Prairie Park! ID is required with the town that is featured during that day to take advantage of $1 admission. No exceptions will be granted. Please call 309-676-0998 with questions.

January 13th- Peoria, IL
February 24th- Galesburg, IL
March 3rd- Bloomington- Normal, IL
April 14th- Canton, IL
May 5th- Morton, IL
June 2nd- Brimfield, IL
July 21st- Kewanee, IL
August 25th- Washington, IL
September 15th- Pekin, IL
October 6th- Bartonville, IL
November 17th- East Peoria, IL
December 15th- Chillicothe, IL

If you don’t see your town listed above, please email Eva at to get on the 2020 Dollar Day list.

Wildlife Prairie Park is open year round!
Come hike, see the animals or just unplug for a few hours. Educational fun will take place in Forest Hall all winter long! Did you know opossums are nocturnal? Or do you know what sound a barn owl makes? Guests are invited to join us from 10am-2pm every Sunday from January 6th until March 31st to learn more about native wildlife and conservation. Programs are included in admission. Admission is free for Park members.

Open from 9-4:30pm daily

Winter admission:
$8 for adults
$6 for children
Free for members

March 9th, 2019
Event Hours: 10am-2pm
Park Hours: 9am-4:30pm

Hespell Deck

Do you have what it takes to be a Wildlife Prairie Park volunteer? We want to meet you! Once a year, the Park holds volunteer orientation where guests are invited to meet with other volunteers and Park staff and learn about volunteer opportunities. Sign up for a job or just sit in and listen in. Questions are welcome.

Open Jobs:

  • Trail guides
  • Landscaping/Restoration
  • Train Engineers and Maintenance
  • Adventure Trek tour guides and drivers
  • Special events
  • Adventure Store
  • Animal Programming
  • Park Maintenance
  • History
  • Parades
  • Group Volunteering

Projects change weekly at Wildlife Prairie Park. Can’t make it to orientation? Follow this link to see what is new today!

For questions and more information please contact:
Volunteer Coordinator  (309)676-0998 ext. 102



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