Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Willowbrook Wildlife Center at Willowbrook Forest Preserve in Glen Ellyn is a native wildlife rehabilitation facility that provides care and medical treatment to injured and orphaned wild animals. It also serves as a resource to teach DuPage County's residents about living in harmony with local wildlife.

Help Us Help Wildlife

If you find a wild animal exhibiting signs it needs help, get the information you need to assess its condition at our wildlife rescue advice page. Determine if it needs help, and then take action.

Before you make a drive to Willowbrook, call 630-942-6200Our animal admittance area is open Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m. and weekends 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. We are closed on select holidays. 

Wildlife Rescue Advice


Wildlife Acceptance Policy

Willowbrook treats injured, ill and orphaned native animals to DuPage County. We do not accept skunks, bats, deer, beavers or trapped nuisance animals. We do not accept nonnative animals, including European starlings, house sparrows and pigeons (see photos of these animals below). We also do not accept native mammals and birds raised as pets, as efforts to reverse any taming or imprinting are unsuccessful.

We help other agencies and rescuers find licensed rehabilitators for animals our center does not accept, including those found outside of DuPage County.  


Driving Directions

The main entrance is at 525 South Park Blvd.

Education Programs 

Families, children, Scouts and youth groups can enjoy a variety of fun programs about birds of prey, mammals and insects throughout the year. Willowbrook also offers programs that meet state curriculum standards for grammar and high school classes.


Visitor Center

Our visitor center offers a closer view of native wild species. Windows look in the kitchen and nursery, where staff and volunteers prepare specialized diets and care for baby animals. The classroom and indoor discovery area have games, puzzles and other activities that give children a different way to explore. The center also provides restrooms and a drinking fountain. 


Outdoor Exhibits

Native wildlife with permanent disabilities are provided homes along Willowbrook’s outdoor exhibit trail. Residents include red-shouldered and red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, owls, red foxes, groundhogs and raccoons. Willowbrook is also home to two state-threatened sandhill cranes. An enclosed wetland bird habitat along the nature trail houses the cranes and serves as a unique educational experience.


Butterfly Garden

Willowbrook’s butterfly garden showcases landscape ideas to attract butterflies and other wildlife species. Interpretive signs introduce necessary elements to provide suitable habitat including food, water and shelter. The area contains tagged plantings that are attractive to butterflies, and a sensory garden that abounds with sights, smells and textures. An educational display cabin features a butterfly life-cycle puzzle and play area and binoculars for a close-up view of nectaring butterflies and blooming plants.


Nature Trail

Our Nature Trail features a half-mile outer loop and a shorter inner loop through 40 acres of restored prairie, savanna, woodland and wetland habitats. The trail hosts native animals that live in DuPage forest preserves and an enclosed wetland habitat houses two state-threatened sandhill cranes. 

Our Willowbrook Wildlife Center offers programs about native wildlife year-round. Sign up today!