Mission Statement

"TreeHouse Wildlife Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1979 dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of native wildlife while promoting environmental awareness through education."

Who We Are 

TreeHouse is situated on 8 1/2 peaceful acres between Alton and Grafton, IL in the quiet town of Dow. We provide a professional community service to people in central and southern Illinois who encounter sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife.

TreeHouse Wildlife Center does not receive government funding. Rather, we operate on the kind donations of visitors and supporters, fundraisers, grants, and education program fees. 

We invite you to tour our center and learn about the work we are committed to and passionate about. See our Visit Us page for visitor hours and browse the rest of our website for information on our organization, public events, and how to get involved. 

Help support TreeHouse Wildlife Center by purchasing items critically needed to provide care and shelter for sick and injured wildlife.  Thank you for choosing to help us in our mission to save wildlife.

Owl Fest 2021!

Location: TreeHouse Wildlife Center

Oct 23rd & 24th, 12-5pm


Owl Fest is a free to attend, family friendly, two day event that takes place in October. It is a combination of a fall festival & our open house. This is the only event where our hospital, flight enclosure, and rehab buildings are open to the public. Our education animals will be available to meet and greet. The public will have a behind the scenes look at our facilities all while enjoying educational speakers, local environmental organizations, crafts, food, live music, raffle, vendors, kid friendly activities, and our famous teddy bear clinic. Accessible parking and shuttle service will be available. All ages are welcome, as there will be something for everyone to enjoy! For more information, call (618) 466-2990.

Owl Fest Vendor/Sponsor Application:

Vendor application. Booth items are restricted to handmade arts, crafts, and homemade canned goods.  Space is limited to the first 35 approved vendors.

Find out more about becoming a Sponsor for Owl Fest!

Check back for more information!

New visiting hours during the COVID health crisis.


TreeHouse Wildlife Center's outdoor grounds are open to the public from 10am-4pm. The Education Center will remain closed.  There will be no restroom facilities available for visitors. We also ask that social distancing be respected outside. Please, please help us by following our guidelines and be kind to our staff and volunteers as we navigate through the requirements placed by state and federal guidelines. We need to ensure we do not jeopardize any state or federal permits that could result in permanently closing our facility.

We hope to be back to normal visiting hours soon. We will be reevaluating our policies weekly. Thank you!

COVID-19 Warning


We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for animals, staff, volunteers, and visitors. Visitors must follow all posted instructions while visiting TreeHouse Wildlife Center.  Every visitor is responsible for his or her personal safety and that of children or others under their supervision.  By visiting TreeHouse Wildlife Center visitors voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.


An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. Visitors understand and agree that COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death.  COVID-19 is spread in many different ways and visitors assume responsibility for any injury (including personal injury, disability or death), illness, damage, loss claim, liability, or expense arising out of or related to COVID-19 experienced or contracted in connection with a TreeHouse Wildlife Center visit. Visitors will waive and release all claims against TreeHouse Wildlife Center and its commissioners, officers, employees, volunteers and agents relative to the foregoing matters and agree that TreeHouse Wildlife Center is legally entitled to immunity in regard to any such claims.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and visitors with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.


​Please help protect our animals, staff, volunteers, and other visitors by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.