Wild Birthday Parties

Howell Nature Center offers many different birthday packages for your party animal. From live wildlife presentations to nature exploration to zip lining, we have something for everyone! Call (517) 375-9713 or email reservations@howellnaturecenter.org to reserve a WILD Birthday Party today!

Choose your exciting birthday theme from the age-appropriate programs listed below! Each program lasts between 1 hour – 1.5 hours, and will be facilitated by a Howell Nature Center naturalist.

*Premium parties are an additional $50

2 – 4 Years Old

Little Critters – Meet an animal friend, sing a song, read a story, make a craft, and play games!

Little Explorers – Go on a nature scavenger hike and try to find every color of the rainbow hidden in the world around us! Finish with a campfire and songs.

5 – 8 Years Old

Happy BIRD-Day – Meet three feathered friends and make an animal mask in this critter crazy birthday bash!

Trailblazers – Go on a nature hike, learn how to identify some plants and animals, and finish off with a campfire and s’mores!

Soaring Superheroes* – Create your very own superhero masks, then soar up, up, and away on our zipline!

9 Years Old +

Creatures of the Night (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. only) – Meet nocturnal animals up close and personal. After, head out onto the trails for an evening hike to try to see some animals in the wild!

Junior Zookeeper – Create enrichment for one of our resident animals. Once you’re done, watch the animal play with your creation!

Survivor Challenge – Put your skills to the test with our Survival Challenge! Learn how to build fires and shelters, then tackle a few obstacle challenges.

Birthday SPLASH (Weekend Program Only, Jun – Aug)* – Enjoy the lake life by making a birthday SPLASH at the waterfront! Under the watch of a certified lifeguard, swim in Pleasant Lake and play on the Aqua Toy!

Ninja Warriors* – Are you the ultimate ninja warrior? Find out by tackling either our 60 foot rock wall or 500 foot zipline, followed by an obstacle course. (Rock wall only available April to October)

Party Packages start at $275

(Members only $250) and include:

  • Up to 15 children ($10 per additional child)
  • Nature-themed party invitations upon request
  • 3-hour reservation of one of our modern lodges
  • 1-1.5 hours programming of your choice with one of our WILD naturalists

Party Times

  • 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Add-On Options

  • Stress-Free Party Planning ($200): Let us do all the work! We will decorate your lodge with animal-themed decorations. Pizza and dessert provided for up to 15 people ($15 per additional person).
  • Private Use of the Nature Scape ($150): Only available for evening birthdays, April-Oct. Our Nature Scape is a child’s dream forest – a natural play area with stumps to traverse, waterfalls to splash around in, a massive tree fort to explore, and so much more.
  • Zipline Add-On ($150): Add an hour of ziplining to any of our party packages! Guests must be at least five years old and 50 to 250 pounds to zipline.

Custom Birthday

Don’t see anything here that fits your adventurer? Let us know and we can help you build a custom birthday that is as unique and wild as your party animal!