The idea for Central Minnesota Wildlife Rehabilitation began in 2008 when a few wildlife rehabilitators recognized the need for a local rehab and nature center. We cared for orphaned and injured native wildlife in our homes as completely independant, donation supported, permited, wildlife rehabilitators. We often had to turn animals away, or transported them to the closest facilities hours away, because our cages were full. For years it we dreamed of “someday” having a place locally, but when the city of St. Cloud sold Heritage Park and Nature Center and we watched the destruction of natural habitats for many native wildlife species, we realized that the time had come. In 2019 we were recognized by the IRS as a charitable non-profit.
We have big dreams. We’re working towards having one location that will not only include a building that will house orphaned, sick and injured native species, but also have a seperate building where we can hold educational materials and classes allowing the public to connect to the wild world around us. We aim high because as our community grows and technology advances, we lose the opportunity to educate our youth. To accomplish our goals we will be busy looking for new ways to raise funds or get donations of supplies, land, labor, professional skills or anything else that will help us acheive our objective while we continue giving our native species the best care possible. Someday soon the public will be able to visit Central Minnesota Wildlife Rehabilitation and Nature Center.