Events, including B'Earthday parties, weddings, and other gatherings must take place in our outdoor spaces with ten or fewer people, as the Nature Center is still currently closed due to COVID-19. Booking of indoor rentals will be postponed until the NCSL building reopens to the public. Thank you for understanding.
Create a unique birthday party experience for your child to celebrate their special day! Choose a party based their interests and age group.
Your B'Earthday Party Includes
- 3-hour room rental: a two-hour party and 30 minutes at each end for set-up and clean-up.
- An hour-long program and hike led by a naturalist. We offer a variety of themes that will suit your child's interest and accommodate the appropriate age range of the birthday party.
To arrange your Nature Center B'Earthday Party, please click here to begin the process.
Choose a Program
Amazing Animals Scavenger Hunt | Ages 3-7 | All seasons
We begin indoors with a hands-on introduction to our local animals via pelts, feathers, turtle shells — and some puppet play! Outdoors we look for the animals and their signs such as tracks, nests and burrows. The more clues we find, the more we learn what the animals are doing in the current season. The scavenger hunt difficulty is matched to the age of the group.
Beautiful Butterflies Scavenger Hunt | Ages 4-8 | June-October
Our hike to find these fluttering friends will explore habitats and food sources for caterpillars and butterflies. We will discover many other insect that are found in the flower gardens, marsh and woods.
Creepy-Crawly Critters | Ages 3-9 | March-November
We will get down and not-so-dirty searching under logs and the forest floor for little critters. We’ll learn about worms, insects, millipedes and roly-polies as well as insects flying around in warmer weather. We may even find a salamander! We can learn about the food chain as we collect worms to feed to our turtle friend in the lobby and touch a live snake for the grand finale!
Dinosaur Times Scavenger Hunt | Ages 5-12 | April-October
We will look for organisms called “living fossils” which are the same as or very similar to their ancestors who shared the Earth with the dinosaurs. We search for primitive plants similar to those the dinosaurs ate. On our hike we will look for turtles, dragonflies, millipedes and other organisms that roamed the earth with the dinosaurs. Numerous scientific principles are reinforced throughout this exciting experience.
I Love Leaves! Scavenger Hunt | Ages 3-9 | September-December
Who doesn’t love the crisp smell of fall with leaves crunching underfoot? It is the perfect time for a hike and an extraordinary season for learning about nature. Animals and plants alike are preparing for winter in dramatic ways that we can readily observe. And one of life’s universal pleasures is, of course, collecting beautiful leaves. Kids and adults alike can gain new appreciation for the natural world by learning to identify our native trees.
- Geocache Adventure - Technological Treasure Hunt | Ages 8-12 | All Seasons
The invention of GPS allowed for a new twist on treasure hunting which has grown in popularity over 20 years. If your child loves technology but you'd like them to spend more time outdoors, this could be the perfect introduction to a new family hobby. Geocaches are hidden all around the world, with hundreds in the Cleveland area alone. This party utilizes Garmin GPS units which are pre-programmed to lead us to four locations around the park. To continue the hobby on your own, there is a website and an app for that! Parents may choose to provide treasure or treats for the final destination or for all four locations.
- Letterboxing: Follow the Clues! | Ages 7-12
We will learn how to use a compass and then follow written clues throughout the park to find a treasure shared by visitors and explorers alike. This treasure contains a “historical” notebook signed by those who have previously discovered the letterbox. We supply the compasses and activity pages. Parents may choose to provide a little souvenir “treasure” for the box. This activity allows children to take turns reading out loud, employ math skills and learn new skills along the hike.
- Wild Child: Ultimate Scavenger Hunt | Ages 8-12 | All Seasons
Along beautiful trails, kids solve riddles and collect items to help them find the next hidden clue. Enjoy some fun physical challenges along the way. What did the Shakers leave hidden in the woods? Parents supply the treats, we supply the thrill of discovery -- and the treasure chest! Pirate theme version available.
Shelter Building: “Survivor" Skills | Ages 7-12 | All Seasons
Children will gain an important survival skill when they learn how to build a shelter from items in their day pack, enabling them to survive an emergency night in the wild. This program is a fun way to be stretch creativity and problem-solving skills. We supply all materials; kids supply the enthusiasm!
Winter Wonderland Scavenger Hunt | Ages 3-9 | November-March
We love exploring in winter, too! It’s a blast to follow animal tracks in a fresh snow to discover what these creatures are doing when we’re not looking! Was the fox stalking a mouse? Was the raccoon raiding the bird feeders? We can learn a lot about what the animals are doing to survive in the cold. Children really feel a sense of adventure as we face the elements and trek through the snowy wilderness. Even if there’s no snow on your special day, there are always mysteries to uncover.
Indoor Activities for Inclement Weather
In the case of inclement weather, we have exciting activities available for all ages. The naturalist will begin with a hands-on introduction to our local animals via pelts, feathers, turtle shells, etc. and then a meet-and-greet of our live animals in the lobby. From there, activities shall be age-based. For the younger set we have a magnetic “Fishing for Trash” game. Kids love fishing poles and they get surprisingly excited about cleaning up a pond! For older kids we can do a scavenger hunt in the lobby exhibit and/or play an educational and engaging game called “The Web of Life” which never fails to educate and entertain.
3-hour Room rental (weekends only):
- Members $240
- Non-members $280
Fees are for parties of 12 children. Siblings of the birthday child age two and under are no additional charge. Maximum attendance is 30 children. For additional children, the following fees apply:
- 13-19 children is an additional $8 per child fee
- For 20-30 children, additional $75 flat fee
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- Supervise the party
- Make sure the educational items in the room are used properly and put away
- Clean room when the party is over
- A minimum of two adult chaperones are required at all times, including the hike
To arrange your Nature Center B'Earthday Party,
click here to complete the online B'Earthday Party Inquiry Form to begin the process.