Modified Operations as of September 2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to operate with restrictions in both wildlife education and rehabilitation activities.

Select from the options below to read our most up-to-date operations changes in the following programs:
Visits & tours: CWC is open for public tours and wild encounters! We also offer virtual presentations and can accommodate some requests for off-site events. Visits must be scheduled in advance; Please see our Tours & Programs page for details.
Face Coverings: We appreciate your cooperation and compliance with State and County mask mandates. All staff, volunteers, and visitors ages 5 and up are required to wear face coverings while at the wildlife center.
Wildlife Rehabilitation: We are accepting patients from Benton, Linn, Lane, Polk, and Marion Counties from 9am-5pm, 7 days per week. Due to several disease outbreaks and other complicating factors, we are not able to admit injured or orphaned animals from several mammalian species including but not limited to: bats, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, foxes. We advise anyone needing assistance with a wild animal to please call our wildlife hotline for more specific information and/or guidance.

Our Vision

We believe that wildlife are a critical component of our community. Thriving ecosystems combat environmental destruction and serve as the backbone of important industries. Access to natural areas provides both educational and recreational opportunities and improves human health and wellbeing.

We envision a world where humans and wildlife enjoy a peaceful and mutually productive coexistence, and we work every day to empower members of our community to make that dream a reality.

Our Mission

Education is central to all of our work. By sharing our experience and knowledge with the community, we can foster a better stewardship of local wildlife and our shared environment.

Our outreach programs aim to educate people from diverse demographics on the variety of species in our region and how to live alongside the wildlife in our communities. Through these programs in schools, with community organizations, and at our Center, we reach thousands of people each year.

Additionally, to serve the immediate needs of wild animals in danger, we operate a wildlife hospital that is open to admit injured and orphaned wildlife 365 days a year. In all cases, the goal is to rehabilitate and release the animal back into its natural habitat. The hospital also serves as an internship host site, educates volunteers on our local flora and fauna, and shares patient stories to help educate our community on the issues wildlife in our region face.

Our Work

Traveling Educators

Our Raptor Ambassadors (and their handlers/educators) come to you! Great for classrooms, service clubs, and special events.

Nature Center

Schedule a tour or up-close encounter with a Raptor Ambassador. Enroll your child in one of our youth programs!

Wildlife Hospital

Call our Wildlife Hotline for information and advice on conflicts with wildlife, or to seek help for a wildlife emergency.

You can help fuel our mission.

Join our community!

We invite you to take an active role in protecting wildlife – both here at Chintimini and outside our gates. Explore our website to learn what you can do to help, whether it be through volunteering with us, landscaping your backyard, helping us communicate important messages, or just coming for a visit!

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