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 us at (517) 375-9713 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.

2 – 4 Years Old

Little Critters Birthday – 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.

Little Gardeners – We will explore a pollinator garden and learn all about birds, butterflies, and bees! Paint your own mini-flower pot, and then plant a seed in it so you can start your own garden at home!

5 – 8 Years Old

WHOOs Birthday Is It? – This birthday party is a real HOOT as we explore these amazing predators of the night! Meet owls up-close-and-personal, learning about their special adaptations, and then make owl masks of your own!

Happy BIRD-Day – Three feathered friends will meet your animal lover during this critter crazy birthday bash, plus one furry animal the kids can touch!

Trailblazer Birthday – Your little adventurer will go on a nature hike, learning how to identify some plants and animals. We will finish with a campfire, s’mores, and songs!

Winter Wanderers (Dec – Feb only) – Meet a snowy owl and learn about their special adaptations! We will then bundle up and hit the hill with sledding. *Weather Permitting

9 Years Old +

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, children can swim in Pleasant Lake and play on the Aqua Toy!

Ninja Warrior – Your wild child will be put to the test on our 60 ft. rock wall, followed by a few obstacle challenges! Are they the ultimate ninja warrior?

Soaring Superheroes – Children will create their own super hero masks, and then soar up, up, and away on multiple zip lines!

Party Animal – The ultimate birthday party for the ultimate animal lover! Meet four animal friends up-close-and-personal, including some radical raptors!

Creatures of the Night (Evening Program Only) – Who is creeping and crawling in our backyards at night? Find out in this after-hours program for the animal-lover in your family!

11 Years Old +

Survivor Challenge – Put your adventurers to the test with our Survivor Challenge! Children will learn how to build fires and shelters, followed with obstacle challenges where they can earn points to win prizes!

Junior Zookeeper – This hands-on special birthday program is a unique experience for the animal lover in your family. They will make enrichment for the animal of their choice, and then watch as animals play with their creations!

Nocturnal Prowl (Evening Program Only) – Meet nocturnal animals up-close-and-personal, and then head out onto the trail for a night hike!

Party Packages start at $275

(Members only $250) and include:

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

Party Times

  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Add-On Options

  • Stress-Free Party Planning, $150 (up to 15 people, $5 per additional person): Let us do all the work! We will decorate, cater your meal, and provide dessert for all of your guests!
  • Catering Details: Pepperoni & cheese pizza, salad, breadsticks, and cinnasquares.
  • Private Use of the NatureScape, $100: Only available for evening birthdays. Our NatureScape 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.

Slumber Party Birthday – $675

  • Up to 25 guests ($25 per additional person)
  • Overnight reservation in one of our modern lodges
  • Pizza party kick-off when you arrive
  • Campfire & s’mores, plus an hour of one of the following activities: Capture the Flag, Flashlight Tag, Night Hike or Creatures of the Night
  • A delicious pancake breakfast fit for hungry adventurers!

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!