Partnership and Sponsorship Opportunities

We value corporate partnerships at every level and encourage local businesses to discover the value of sponsoring one of our many events and programs.


The Cosley Foundation is seeking partners for its various programs and events. Whatever your level of interest, Cosley Zoo has a spot for you! All event partners receive recognition at the event, on the Cosley Zoo website, and in the Cosley Tails e-newsletter.

Available Programs and Events Include:

Poison Dart Frog Exhibit: Year-round; located in the Wild Side Gift Shop

Cosley Tails E-Newsletter: Distributed to more than 2,500 zoo supporters three times per calendar year.

Pumpkin Fest (October): A month-long celebration, this event offers hundreds of pumpkins and other seasonal merchandise for purchase, as well as a cornstalk maze and straw mountain.

Festival of Lights & Christmas Tree Sale: The Festival of Lights is a December tradition for more than 10,000 visitors. The zoo is decorated with animal-themed light displays made up of thousands of lights. Trees, wreaths, and gifts are available every day. Santa's Craft Corner, Christmas Tree Lane, and lighted displays all help zoo guests get into the spirit of the season.

Great Egg Scramble: A spring celebration for ages 2 to 10 that includes an egg scramble and activities focused around egg-laying animals.

Critter Cart: The Critter Cart moves to stations throughout the zoo to inform and educate visitors about some of the zoo's residents through hands-on activities.

Party for the Planet: A nationwide event held every April in conjunction with Earth Day, Party for the Planet shares with visitors the various ways to make their yards wildlife-friendly.

Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals: This popular race, one of the largest 5K/10K runs in the suburbs, attracts 2,600 runners every June.

Zippity Zoo Run: This half-mile run for children 6 to 12 years old takes place as part of the Run for the Animals.

Amphitheater: Hosts a variety of fun and educational opportunities for zoo guests on a seasonal basis.

Mike Williams Cosley Classic Golf Outing: Attracting 250 golfers, this annual August outing is held at Arrowhead Golf Club and offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, a raffle and awards.

Interested?

If you are interested in learning more about being a partner, please contact:

Margie Wilhelmi, Director of Marketing & Fund Development
mwilhelmi@wheatonparks.org | 630.510.4984

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