Learn the difference between a turtle and a tortoise, and
hold them both!
Exotic Animal Shows
* Critter Camp earnings help to support the rescued animals.*
Critter Camp is a
Charitable 501c3
Tax Exempt

Critter Camp is a
100% NO-Kill
Operated by

All income
supports the
rescued animals
Are we too far from you or not what you were looking for? Try Critter Places for more animal  options!
Past Critter Camp Shows:
(Note- Critter Camp is no longer booking Shows- we do not have the volunteer staff available.)
Sycamore & DeKalb Public Libraries
Bickford House in Rockford
Park Towers in Rockford
Rock Valley College Earth Day and Volunteer Expo in Rockford
Five Points PreSchool in Rockford
Christ Lutheran School in Sterling
Highland Christian Academy in Rockford
Freeport Catholic Schools 4th grade
Pecatonica Elementary Kindergarten Classes
Temple Baptist Church in Rockford Homeschool Science classes
Prairie Hill School Reading Night in Beloit
Quest Academy Cub Scouts, Webelos, and Tiger Cub Scouts in Palatine
ABC Preschool in Sycamore
Walter Lawson Children's Home in Loves Park
Immanuel Lutheran School in Freeport
Rockford H.O.U.S.E. HomeSchool Group
Village of Orland Park at Ravinia
Big Hills Council Girl Scouts Beloit WI
Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore
Second Presbyterian Church Freeport
Chesterbrook Academy St. Charles
Pecatonica Public Library
Children's World Daycare in Naperville
Macedonia Baptist Church in Rockford
Madison Early Childhood Center in Elmhurst
Irvin L. Young Memorial Library in Whitewater , WI
Girls Scouts, Brownies, & Boy Scouts in Pecatonica, Rockford, Winnebago,  Roscoe & Loves Park
Taylor Park School in Freeport
St. Paul Lutheran School in Rockford
Four Winds Earth Day Celebration in Stockton
Northern Illinois University for Kappa Phi Lambda in DeKalb
HEART DeKalb County Homeschoolers
Birthday Parties in Freeport, Cedarville, Pecatonica, Winnebago, Lena, Rockford, Sterling, Crystal Lake, Deerfield,  Lincolnshire, Pingree
Grove, Cortland, Mt. Prospect, Elgin,  Aurora, Mundelein, Medinah, Roscoe, Winnetka, Wauconda, Lombard, Gurnee, Darien, Brookfield,
Sun Prairie & Lake Geneva (WI), Naperville, & McHenry
* Note that some of these shows took place before the allowable travel distance was decreased 1- 1-2007
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We can occasionally bring specific animals for educational presentations.
For example we recently brought Prickleball the hedgehog to  kindergarten classes to
reinforce their skills after reading Jan Brett books featuring hedgehogs. The kids were very
excited to see and touch a real live hedgehog!
Contact us for details!

Critter Camp is open by appointment only for the safety and well-being of the rescued animals,
however we are now offering
Private Tours for individuals and small groups in exchange for a
donation. Scheduling is flexible.
It generally takes at least an hour to meet all of the animals here.
Critter Camp is centrally located between Rockford and Freeport as well as between Chicago and
Galena, only a few miles off of Route 20.
Bring your animal lover here for a Private Tour on your way to or from your weekend get-away in
Please contact us  for details!  See the MAP of our location

Tours are available 7 days/eve.s a week, year round, by appointment only, for up to 6 people at a
Best times are Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays day or evening, and Saturdays at noon or 1:00, or
Sundays at 3:00 or later. Other times are available, weekends usually book several weeks in
Folks have come from Chicago & the Suburbs, Wisconsin, Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa,
Indiana, Kansas, Texas,
Canada, and Ethiopia!

Bring your ANIMAL LOVER* to learn about, pet, & hold some the 200+ rescued critters
we care for of 30 different species.
We ask a tax deductible minimum donation of only $10* per person per tour or
equivalent in supplies - please see our Wish List page for supplies we always need
*Tours are FREE for our Sponsors! See details here.

*Every cent goes to care for the rescued animals.

*We NEVER buy, sell, breed or exploit the animals in any way!
Critter Camp is: 100% volunteer operated & 100% No-Kill, fully insured
USDA, ILDA & IL DNR licensed to care for and exhibit exotic animals.

*P.S. Mom's & Dad's - don't worry about your child wanting to take an animal home- we do not
adopt the rescues out
! Only occasionally when we take in a litter of hamsters or gerbils for example
do we try to find new homes for them, and even then we do not allow impulse adopting!
See below for details!  Please read all information!Phone: 815-266-1342
Meet Zoey & Quiggly & Wiley the
Fennec Foxes &
Shadow the Arctic
Marble Fox
Pet a Beared Dragon!
Visit the Ferret
Room & Play
with 18 fun,
furry, friendly
Also Experience  Critters such as:  chinchillas,
degus, hamsters, rats, mice, gerbils,  & more too!
Hold a Rabbit and a Guinea Pig
Bunny Haven and Piggy Haven!
Touch an African
Pygmy Hedgehog
and Baby Junior the
Sugar Glider
Say hello to Peter the Quaker
Parrot & he might say hello back!
We know
Verde the Amazon
Parrot will!
Jax the Macaw will play
Peek-a-boo with you too!
Peek at   
Guinness the
Allergy Alert : There are
cats and dogs that also
live here at Critter
Note:  We are currently booking tours on Weekday Afternoons and  
Week Day Afternoons and Evenings, & Weekends in  May!
Please plan ahead- we book 4-8 weeks in advance
Meet our 3
prairie dogs-
Diggit, PD &