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. 

New visiting hours during
Phase 4 reopening.


TreeHouse Wildlife Center will be open to the public starting June 5th, from 10am-4pm, Fridays-Sundays. The Education Center will only be open for visitors to use the restroom facilities. We are requesting that masks are worn in the Education Center, with no more than 10 people inside at a time. We also ask that social distancing be respected inside and outside. All other areas of the building will be closed to the public but everyone is welcome to visit our resident animals on our grounds. 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 you will respect the fact we are still receiving wild babies and are without many of our volunteers. The health and care of our animals is our first priority. We have a few species we need to work to protect from possible cross-contamination. 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.

© 2019 by TreeHouse Wildlife Center, Inc. 

Our Number:

(618) 466-2990

Our Address: 

23956 Green Acres Rd. Dow, IL 62022