Let us host your next birthday, wedding, or gathering in a natural setting surrounded by serene woodland landscapes and picturesque views
The Nature Center offers affordable indoor and outdoor rental spaces to accommodate different types of events and party sizes (less than 75) -- from formal business meetings to fun birthday parties, intimate memorial services to congratulatory parties and beyond. We look forward to providing you an unique space for your next gathering.
OUR MOST SCENIC SETTING FOR EVENTS
The Jim Reid Marsh Overlook and pergola is perfect for a summer gathering or wedding for nature-lovers. Enjoy being surrounded by pink and white blossoming marsh rose mallow if booked in late August, gorgeous lush greenery in spring and early summer, and colorful leaves on a crisp, fall day. Benches are the only seating, and other furniture can be brought in if provided by the host. Consider this scenic space for your next event.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH NATURE
The Friends Pavilion is an open-sided, covered outdoor space furnished with six picnic tables with attached benches. Clear roll-down panels can be lowered during inclement weather. This space has electrical outlets and low lighting for evening events, and has direct access to the All People's Trail. Renters will have building access. A member of our staff can discuss options with you during the rental contract process.
A WHIMSICAL GAZEBO SURROUNDED BY NATURE
The Rose Foundation Gazebo is perfect for a summer wedding or outdoor gathering. This whimsical, wooden gazebo is a one-of-a-kind wooden gazebo created by local artist Matt Parker. Wooden benches surrounding the gazebo are provided. Any additional furniture must be provided by the host.
A COZY COVE NESTLED BEHIND THE NATURE CENTER
The Lavelle Family Amphitheater is an open outdoor space surrounded by sandstone blocks that can be used as seating or as a display space. This space has direct access to Stearns Woodland Trail.
OUR LARGEST ROOM
Guests will be greeted with a panoramic view from the Wildlife Balcony and exhibit area before entering. This wood paneled and carpeted room is spacious and can accommodate up to 60 guests. With its balcony and large windows over looking the woodland forest and Stearns Trail, this is a great space for those who want to enjoy the views. With this room, you'll have a gas fireplace, multiple seating arrangements and access to the full kitchen. AV equipment, such as podium, microphone, speakers and Smart TV with HDMI capabilities are available upon request. Room arrangements and accommodations can be discussed with a member of our staff during the rental contract process.
EASY ACCESS TO TRAILS
The Activity Room is a large, well-lit open classroom with simple decor and newly tiled floors. The oversized windows fill the room with natural light, with views and direct access to the outdoors. This room can accommodate up to 36 guests. Renters will have access to a hand-washing station, plenty of counter space and full kitchen access. Room arrangements and accommodations can be discussed with a member of our staff during the rental contract process.
DESIGNED WITH CHILDREN IN MIND
The Discovery Room is a space designed for younger children. An inviting atmosphere with painted walls, preschool-sized tables and chairs, and a carpeted activity space. You will have access to a hand-washing station, ample counter space and a full-sized kitchen is across the hall. Room arrangements and accommodations can be discussed with a member of our staff during the rental contract process. If inquiring specifically about a B'Earthday Party, please click here.