Lakeside Nature Center provides care for injured Missouri wildlife. The Center is licensed by USDA and operates under permits from both U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and Missouri Department of Conservation. Rehabilitation of native wildlife is accomplished by specially trained staff and volunteers who are instructed by volunteer veterinarians.

If you find a wild animal in need of help, contact Lakeside Nature Center at (816) 513-8960. Most times we will not have the resources to pick up the animal, however, we can assist you over the phone in determining whether the animal needs to be brought into the Center and explain how to do so safely. See How to Help/What to Do.

Lakeside Nature Center cares for thousands of wild animals annually and volunteers give over 20,000 hours of service to help make that happen. Friends of Lakeside Nature Center provides volunteers and funds the cost of specialized formulas, medications and special housing.

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Are you interested in volunteering or helping with a donation? Check out the Donations page or call us at (816) 513-8960 for the current 'wish list'.  Go to FOLNC for membership information or contact us at