Notice as of 10/25/21: All public events, group programs, and Wild Child Camps are postponed until further notice. Thank you and stay safe!
EVENTS & EDUCATION
While the Wildlife Rescue Center and its grounds are not open to the public on a daily basis, we host several community events throughout the year and offer a diverse array of environmental education programming. Please browse our community events and camps below.
(Learn more about our group education programs.)
SPRING PEEPERS CAMP
March 2023 (Date TBD) : 9am - 3pm • Wildlife Rescue Center • 1st - 4th grade • Cost: $55
The trees are tweeting with the sounds of spring! Come learn new languages to discover what the frogs, birds, and squirrels are talking about. Play wild games and create crafts from nature. Explore our woods, wetlands, and forests for wildlife and the clues they leave behind. Go on a behind-the-scenes tour (excluding areas with recovering wildlife patients) of our wild animal hospital and learn about the types of animals we care for and how we help them.
April 2023 (Date TBD) • 11am - 4pm • Wildlife Rescue Center
Cost: Free, with an item from our Most Wanted Wishlist
Spots are limited, for this wildly popular event!
Young and old alike are invited to tweet, hop, and flap on over to the Wildlife Rescue Center for Spring Tails, our annual celebration of nature's wild families!
Take a behind-the-scenes tour (excluding areas with recovering wildlife patients) of our professional wildlife rehabilitation center
Use garden-grown dyes to create awesome nature crafts
Take a photo with Ambassador Cottontail
Embark on a natural treasures hunt and search for clues wild animals have left behind
Chat with the volunteers and staff who care for Missouri's orphaned, ill, and injured native wild animals
Wildlife Rescue Center • for All Ages • July 2022 (Date TBD) 10am-4 pm
Cost: Free, donations always appreciated!
Join us at the Wildlife Rescue Center's Annual Open House, from 10am to 4pm! Learn what goes on behind-the-scenes in an advanced wildlife rehabilitation operation. Take a behind-the-scenes tour (excluding areas with recovering wildlife patients) of our professional wildlife rehabilitation center. Learn about local environmental and conservation efforts from our partner organizations. Take a walk on our nature trail and see some wild neighbors that call the Center grounds home
Wild Child Summer Camp
Wildlife Rescue Center • for ages 6-8 & 9-11 •
For Ages 6-8 • July 2023 (Date TBD) 9am - 3pm at Wildlife Rescue Center • Cost: $225
For Ages 9-11 • July 2023 (Date TBD) 9am - 3pm at Wildlife Rescue Center • Cost: $225
Experience nature like a wild animal at the Wildlife Rescue Center! Come explore our big backyard and see what the world looks like from a wild point of view. If you want to learn about your environment, you've gotta get your paws dirty! As campers play through the day, they will engage their senses and become confident adventurers in their natural habitat. They will learn the stories of some of our wildlife patients and peek behind-the-scenes in the rehabilitation facility. This unique perspective promotes a harmonious relationship with native wildlife and links what we're learning about outside to the daily life of every explorer.
Tails of the Night
October 2022 (Date TBD) • Wildlife Rescue Center • for All Ages •
Start your fall season off right with this celebration of nocturnal animals and all the creepy, crawly, and cool critters who call Missouri home! Costumed hikes, campfires, and more make Tails of the Night a yearly family favorite. Have up-close critter encounters with domestic animals, chat with Wildlife Rescue Center volunteers and staff, and take a behind-the-scenes tour (excluding areas with recovering wildlife patients) of our wild animal hospital. Enjoy autumn treats, glow-in-the-dark interactive art installations, and nature crafts. With so much to do, you'll wish you were a creepy crawly critter too!
WILD WINTER CAMP
December 2023 (Date TBD) • 9am - 3pm • Wildlife Rescue Center • 1st - 4th grade • Cost: $55
Don't spend your entire holiday break indoors! Instead, pull on your boots and dive into winter's wonders at the Wildlife Rescue Center! Explore our forests, fields, and wetlands to discover what animals have been there and what they've been up to. Use nature's craft supplies to design edible ornaments for the birds. Go on a behind-the-scenes tour (excluding areas with recovering wildlife patients) of our wild animal hospital and create special treats for our patients. You'll be amazed at how much winter fun you can fit into one day!