Supporting members are invited to enjoy a bEARTHday Party at the Center.
The ENC has some wonderful educational options for birthday parties! All parties and events that occur in the Center MUST be scheduled through ENC staff. Outside vendors are usually not allowed and may NOT provide services within the ENC grounds without the express permission of ENC staff. Check out our awesome party options and policies below, review the contract, then give us a call to schedule! bEARTHday Party fees are IN ADDITION to membership fees.
The ENC is committed to diverting 95% or more of its waste from the landfill. Please review our Zero Waste Policy prior to visiting the Center.
Little Naturalist bEARTHday Parties
for children turning 3 – 5
Children turning 3-5 are invited to bring up to fourteen of their friends for a fun birthday experience! Each one-hour party includes a guided exploration of the grounds with several stops to meet a few of our live animals. A $15 fee is charged for each child in addition to the $100 membership. Max 15 children. Min 10.
Traditional bEARTHday Parties
for children turning 6 and up!
Children turning 6 and up are invited to bring up to nineteen of their friends for a party they will never forget! Each 2-hour party includes a guided exploration of the grounds with several stops to meet a few of our live animals, and a scavenger hunt. A $25 fee is charged for each child in addition to the $100 membership – and it includes scavenger hunt items ($8/child in ENC store merchandise). Max 20 children. Min 10.
Why do you limit the number of children that can attend a bEARTHday party? There are two reasons: one is for the safety of the kids. Even through there are usually lots of adults around, the Naturalist is ultimately responsible for the safety of everyone at the Nature Center. The second reason is because we want everyone to have a great time. If the group is too large the experience is not as fabulous, and it reflects negatively on the Center.
bEARTHday Party Policies
bEARTHday parties are kind to the earth! Children learn about their environment while having fun and creating minimal waste. For this reason, balloons are not allowed at the ENC. Read why HERE. Only reusable dishes and utensils are to be used. Individual plastic water bottles are not allowed. Disposable plastic and Styrofoam are prohibited. Upon request, the ENC can provide reusable plates, utensils, and cups for free in the agreement the contract signer will wash, dry, and put the items away. ENC staff can wash, dry, and put away the used items for for an additional $1/person fee. If ENC staff is left washing items a charge of $1/person fee will be charged.
Virtual Birthday Parties
Bring in the ENC for a virtual animal encounter for your child’s next birthday party! While we’re all still isolating from our families and loved ones, this can be a great way to bring a little fun to everyone tuned in to your child’s Zoom party. For a $50 donation, one of our ENC naturalists will present a 30 minute animal encounter to all your guests. And while everyone is gathered together, why not sing ‘happy birthday’ to the guest of honor?