Wildlife Center sits on approximately eight beautiful acres near the rural town
of Dow in Jersey County. It's become an ideal environment for injured or
orphaned animals that need time to recuperate. The property features large
outdoor cages for animals ready to be released, indoor havens for permanents
residents, and a pond for waterfowl.
Visitors will be able to see
bald eagles, a variety of hawks and owls, foxes, coyotes, and other mammals as
well as some reptiles in the center.
Veteran Wildlife Technicians give urgent assessment and professional care to all
animals that come to the site and volunteers feed the animals, clean their cages
and refresh their water daily. In addition to world-class animal care, the
Center provides programs and interpretive information to those interested in
learning more about their wild neighbors. For 13 years the Center has been
providing tours to thousands of children on school field trips, to scout groups
working on wildlife badges, clubs, organizations, and groups of senior citizens.
Those attending our spring and fall open houses have learned about wildlife and
the constantly changing problems facing wildlife.
The center got its start in 1972 when Adele Moore and Richard Evans found and
rescued an injured cottontail rabbit found on a local road. They took the animal
to a local vet, who despite not having an knowledge on working with rabbits,
treated the animal. The rabbit was taken home by Adele and Richard who nursed it
back to health and returned it to the wild. After this success Adele and Richard
decided this was what they wanted to do with their life. Richard would attend
school at the University of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine where he
helped start the first wildlife ward.
After Richard graduated in 1979 he and Adele moved back to Brighton along with
their current patients, which included a rough-legged hawk and several orphaned
raccoons and squirrels. Cages and other structures were erected in the back yard
to house the animals. From there they created a non-profit organization named
TreeHouse because the first nest box used for orphaned raccoons was Adele's
nephew's former tree house. In 1983 the Center took in the first of its many
veterinary and biology student interns and in 1986 volunteers were accepted for
the first time. By 2003, with approximately 36 outdoor cage complexes for
patients and permanent residents, it was realized that the Center needed a new
In 2010 the present property in Dow was located and was purchased with the help
of a grant from a local private foundation. This new property provides outdoor
cages for birds and mammals, indoor cages for permanent residents and other
animals, an indoor infirmary, housing for interns, and a gift shop. The
TreeHouse Wildlife Center offers outreach programs that can be specifically
designed for school assemblies, classrooms, senior citizen centers, service
organizations and clubs for all age groups. The site offers group tours for
people of all ages and educational programs for children.
Visiting the TreeHouse Wildlife Center
10 am - 3 pm daily.
For volunteer guided
tours please call 618-466-2990 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
There is no charge to visit the TreeHouse
Wildlife Center, although donations are appreciated.
From the Great River Road (IL-100) turn into Elsah and follow Elsah Road for
2 1/2 miles. 3. Turn right onto
Green Acres Rd. and go 1.3 miles. The TreeHouse Wildlife Center will be on
your left. From Godrey, take IL-3 north. At the IL-3/IL-109 junction,
continue on IL-3 heading toward Grafton (you must make a left at the
junction to continue on IL-3) for 1.3 miles. Turn left on Cemetery Road and
go 1 mile. Turn right on Green Acres Road and go 0.7 miles. The TreeHouse
Wildlife Center will be on your right.
N 38 53.214
W 90 20.973
more about the Elsah,
COfficial site of the
TreeHouse Wildlife Center.