Birthday Parties

Birthday parties with the Outdoor Discovery Center are fun and activity and the kids will not even realize they are learning something! Our naturalist staff will lead the kids on a nature hike, take them on a scavenger hunt, conduct a live animal presentation, help them investigate a natural area and/or explore a variety of other themes. Pick from any of the program themes below for your birthday party. When necessary, age and group size restrictions are indicated.

Program Themes

Birds of Prey

    • best for ages 6 and up
    • bird of prey presentation with at least 4 live birds
    • touchable items include beaks, talons, wings and feathers

Catch and Release Fishing

    • children under 7 years old may use bamboo poles versus rod and reel combo
    • guests may bring their own equipment


    • children under 8 years old may have a hard time keeping snowshoes on their feet
    • must have at least 4 inches of snow

Insect Safari

    • great for all ages
    • best between June and September
    • will use insect sweep nets if conditions acceptable

Feathers, Fur, Scales and Slime

    • great for all ages
    • see, touch and handle a variety of live animals
    • may be conducted entirely inside during cooler seasons or during inclement weather
    • may be conducted as a guided hike where live animals will be “found” along the trail during warmer seasons

Things that Go “Who” in the Night

    • great for all ages
    • may be conducted as a guided owl prowl between November and March in early evening
    • may be conducted as an indoor owl presentation if weather conditions are poor or during warmer seasons

Nature Scavenger Hunt

    • great for preschool-aged children
    • guided scavenger hunt on the ODC Nature Preserve

Knee-deep in a Wetland

    • great for all ages
    • investigate a wetland for aquatic life using dip nets
    • best between April and October


    • Programs will last approximately 1 hour
    • Birthday party reservations include the use of the indoor classroom or outdoor picnic tables at the Discovery Pavilion for 1 hour at the conclusion of the program
    • Children’s birthday parties may have up to 15 children and 10 accompanying adults as part of the fee; additional guests extra
    • Setup for birthday parties can not occur any earlier than 1 hour from the schedule birthday party program time
    • No tape, glue or string may be used to hang decorations
    • Leave facility as it was found or the $50 deposit will not be returned


$150 birthday party fee

Additional $50 deposit due upon reservation

– deposit in the form of a check is best

– deposit checks will not be cashed unless necessary

– deposit checks will be returned within 10 business days after facilities are inspected by staff

– credit card deposits will be electronically refunded to the card within 10 business days after facilities are inspected by staff