Capital Campaign

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 

¬†The funds from our board and corporate partners has been secured. We are looking to our members, volunteers, guests. and supporters of all kinds to donate as little as $5 to help us reach our goal. The money brought in from the capital campaign will be used to create more attractions that will allow the Park to be more sustainable. By building attractions, the Park will create more revenue and thus be more stable on it’s own. We cannot continue our mission of conservation, education and recreation without your help.¬† 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
РStarting 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 our business department at or donate now online. Please include in the memo that you would like to donation to go towards the capital campaign.


Upcoming Events

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Past Events

Ground Breaking Ceremony for Cabins
On September 11th, about 50 people gathered at the Park including many members from the Peoria Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Wildlife Prairie Park Board and Senator Dave Koehler. We are excited to begin construction on the cabins!

Wines for Wildlife 
On the evening of August 22nd, we gathered at Edge by Chef Dustin Allen in Peoria Heights for an evening of wine, tapas and mingling together. That night we raised over $66,000 for the capital campaign! Thank you to everyone who attended.