TreeHouse Wildlife Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife and the educational promotion of environmental stewardship and awareness. Established in 1979, TreeHouse has been serving the southwestern Illinois community for over 40 years as a professional resource for those who encounter a wild animal in need.
In addition, TreeHouse believes that for any wildlife rehabilitation program to be truly successful, it must be partnered with an interactive public education program. We have been given the very unique opportunity to interact with the public and educate our human communities about the value of wildlife, the basic needs of these animals, and man's overall impact. By following these educative objectives we can further our cause by teaching people to have compassion, tolerance, and understanding for the creatures that we dedicate our time to save.
TreeHouse does not receive government funding of any kind and operates solely on donations from the public, memberships, fundraisers, grants, and fees from education programs.
While our organization is operated by a dedicated staff of talented and knowledgeable individuals, most positions are filled by volunteers. Volunteers help fill a variety of needs, from administering care and treatment of wildlife patients to building enclosures, educating the public, fundraising, and transporting animals.
TreeHouse Wildlife Center is open to the public 363 days a year (Closed to the public on Christmas and Thanksgiving Days). Visitors are invited to walk among our outdoor facilities and education center to learn about native wildlife, free of charge.
TreeHouse Wildlife Center operates under permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Endangered Species Board, and is associated with the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.