Wildlife & Conservation Areas

TreeHouse Wildlife Center

Local non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center. Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of native wildlife that has been injured and/or orphaned. Come see a live American Bald Eagle up close!

Daily: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for self-guided tour of outdoor cages.
For guided times by volunteers, please call and schedule appointment.

The Nature Institute

Non-profit land conservation and environmental education organization. Owns & manages more than 450 acres of protected land - Olin Nature Preserve, The Mississippi Sanctuary, the Kemp and Cora Hutchinson Bird Sanctuary and the Heartland Prairie Project at Gordon Moore Park.

Visit website or call for hours.

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge

Located in the heart of the Mississippi Flyway. It lies in the floodplain between two major waterways - the Mississippi & Illinois Rivers. Bicycling, boating, fishing, hiking and more are available.

Visitor Center - Monday thru Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Emma Mae Leonhard Wildlife Sanctuary & Nature Trail

Quarter-mile nature trail with side trails along Lake Mauvaisterre. Suitable for hiking, biking, jogging and viewing local wildlife & plant life. Trails include tree identification signs.

Closes at dusk.

Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1964, the refuge is named in honor of Congressman Clarence Cannon. The purpose is to provide a feeding & resting area for the over 230 species of birds the visit the refuge. Spring and fall are the best viewing times.

Monday thru Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (sunrise to sunset)

Ted Shanks Conservation Area

6,705 acres managed by the Missouri Dept. of Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serve, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The headquarters building contains displays & exhibits. Self-guided auto tour maps are available. Listed on the National Audubon Society's Great River Birding Trail.

Call for hours.

Adams Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary is located in the center of Springfield and has a one-mile trail that is open for hiking or a leisurely stroll. There is also a woodland area and restored prairie set aside for a nature study area. Headquarters of the Illinois Audubon Society.

Trails open from sunrise to sunset.