Wildlife Discovery Center

City of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation’s Wildlife Discovery Center is a living natural history museum providing groups with a place to learn about conservation and environmental stewardship. The center endeavors to motivate groups to come to know, respect, and protect challenged and endangered ecosystems through its highly acclaimed indoor and outdoor wildlife exhibits and trails representing animals from all over the world. The WDC’s animals have been featured on Animal Planet, National Geographic Wild, and Smithsonian Channel. Come see a variety of reptiles, amphibians, birds of prey and native mammals in exhibits that depict their natural environment. Exhibits are free of charge and open on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10-4 (closed occasionally for groups). During this time, our designated animal ambassadors will be on hand to provide hands-on interaction. This is a great place for school field trips, group outings and birthday parties! The WDC also hosts two annual community events: Reptile Rampage (early March) and CROCtoberfest (late October). 
Contact Info
Address: 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest, IL 60045. Lake County. Tel: 847-810-3663. Email: carmichr@cityoflakeforest.comWebsite: www.cityoflakeforest.com. Email: carmichr@cityoflakeforest.com. Hrs: Tue., Fri., Sat., Sun. 10AM-4PM. Contact: Rob Carmichael.
Trip Info
Grade Level: Pre-K-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2.5 hours. Cost: Fee. 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Science, Environmental Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Environmental Science.  

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.... Continue