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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.

Transporter Training


April 23rd, 4 pm - 5:30 pm

at TreeHouse Wildlife Center


We need volunteers willing to respond to calls in their area concerning injured wildlife. We get dozens of reports daily about wildlife in need of help from all over the state. Volunteers in these areas are then able to respond and assess the situation, rescue and transport the animal back to TreeHouse, allowing us to save more wildlife!  Call 618-466-2990 for more information or go to our volunteer page.

Spring Baby Shower


April 22, 2023, 10 am - 4 pm

at TreeHouse Wildlife Center


You are invited to TreeHouse Wildlife Center's Annual Spring Baby Shower. Join us on April 22nd from 10 AM - 4 PM to celebrate our native wild babies. Guests will be amazed by Professor Longhair's Magic Show, and enjoy free games, activities, and crafts. Engage with meet and Greets with several of our Outreach Education Ambassadors. We are adding artisan craft and food vendors this year to create more of a festival feeling. This is a free event to attend and all ages are welcome, as there will be something for everyone to enjoy! Bring a donation and be entered to win some fabulous door prizes.   Vendor application

Planning on coming to the celebration? We ask that you bring an item on our baby shower wish list below to help staff and volunteers raise and care for our injured and orphaned young wildlife during their time in the clinic. View our full wish list

Requested Baby Shower Donation Wish List.:
Bungee cords (all sizes)
33-gallon trash bags
Cotton Rounds
Dried Mealworms, crickets, or bloodworms
Bleach and Vinegar
Goats Milk (canned or powdered)
Pedialyte (flavored or unflavored)
Wet or dry cat food
Purina deer pellet
Goat starter pellet
Liquid laundry detergent
Frozen produce
Diatomaceous Earth (Tractor Supply)
8qt Rubber feed/water bowls (farm stores)

Snack, quart, or gallon "Ziploc" bags
Food storage containers S/M/L sizes
Paper towels
Storage totes in medium to large sizes with lids
Heating pads (has to be a no auto shut-off pad with heat levels)
Gas Gift Cards to cover transportation of injured animals
Printer paper

Thanks so much for your support! Your donations help us provide the best care for our baby animals so they can be released back into the wild!

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.

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