Birthday Parties / Special Events

Birthday Parties

Make your birthday extra special by celebrating it with a party at the DPNC! Program themes feature live animals, natural crafts, nature walks, and more. Educators tailor parties to age, group size and season so each party is unique!

Parties are 2 hours long. During the first hour, Nature Center staff will run a program of your choice (see below). The second hour is yours for cake, gifts, etc. Children are welcome to explore the Nature Center during that time, but they must be supervised.

You will need to provide your own cake, food, plates, utensils, tablecloths, decorations, party favors, etc. No balloons please.

To book:

Call: 860-536-1216
Email: birthdays@dpnc.org

Regular parties are held on weekends or weekdays, during our regular hours. Nocturnal Notions Parties are 5-7 p.m., 6-8 p.m. or 7-9 p.m.

Program Choices

Critter Encounter

Meet the critters who live at the Nature Center!  Guests will have a chance to touch turtles, frogs and snakes.  Includes a craft, or a hike to the pond or the bird of prey enclosures.

Owl Prowl

Meet a live owl and learn about their unique adaptations.  Dissect an owl pellet and take the bones home as a souvenir!

Pond Adventure

Use nets to explore Duck Pond and discover the amazing world of frogs, fish and insects.  Plan on getting a little  muddy! (April-October)

Nature Fairies and Gnomes

Hear a story about Nature Fairies before heading outside to create fairy houses in the woods.  Take a fairy craft home.

Nocturnal Notions (Ages 8+)

Learn about and meet nocturnal animals.  Head outside to explore the night world and wrap up the evening around the campfire.

Butterfly Brigade

Take a trip to the butterfly house and learn about the colorful butterflies in our area.  Walk to the meadow and try to catch some in your net as they flutter by!  Craft included.  (June-Sept)

Green Sprouts

This garden-themed birthday party includes a trip to the butterfly house and fun garden games.  Plant flower or vegetable seeds to take home! (March-October)

Dinosaur Discovery

It’s dino-mite!  Learn about the Prehistoric reptiles that ruled the Mesozoic era!  Look at fossils, play games, and create your own fossil to bring home.  Optional craft.

Cottontails (Ages 2-5)

This one is for our young explorers!  Enjoy a story and then take a short hike outside. Meet one of our bunnies and make a craft to take home.

Geology Rocks!

Learn about different kinds of rocks, minerals and fossils … they are the history books of the Earth!  Play games, hike to Council Rock and discuss glacial erratics. Optional: Add $20 for geodes that can be taken home and broken open!

Woodland Survival (Ages 9+)

This exciting birthday party includes time outside, building forts and making a group campfire.  Learn tips for surviving in the woods and end the day with marshmallows around the fire.

Jumpers and Leapers

This is our most active birthday party theme, for the groups that need to keep moving!  Meet one or two live animals, and spend most of the time playing fun, animal themed games.

Buggin’ Out (June-September)

Enter the amazing world of insects!  Go on an exploration to the fields and forests to collect and study as many as you can! Optional craft.

Prices

  • Members $165 • Non-members $195
  • Prices include 12 children – additional guests are $10/child. There is no charge for adults at a child’s party
  • Maximum of 25 children (40 people maximum, including adults)
  • A $50 nonrefundable deposit is due on booking. The remainder is due the day of the party.
Specialized Programs

Let us create a unique party for you!  Birds, Superheroes, Turtles, Snakes, Flowers – just let us know what your interest is, and we will custom design your party.  Call for details.

Traveling Programs

Want to keep the party at home? Let us come to you!  We’ll present a 1-hour program at your home or alternate location.  Members $220 • Non-members $260 Traveling fees may apply.

Birthday Parties for Adults

We also offer birthday parties for adults and teens!  Design your party to include the perfect blend of indoor & outdoor activities, live animals, and time around the campfire.  Call for details.

Overnights

Have a magical birthday night at the Nature Center. Start with a pizza dinner and a program of your choice, followed by a night hike. Spend time around the campfire before settling down inside the Nature Center to watch a movie or play board games. In the morning we’ll have a quick breakfast of muffins and fruit before packing up.

The Nature Center provides dinner, s’mores and breakfast. Parents are responsible for cake, party favors and all other materials. Children and parents bring sleeping bags and sleep inside the Nature Center. Children must be supervised by parents from bedtime until breakfast.

Important Info
  • 6 p.m. – 8 a.m.
  • $50/person (including adults)
  • Minimum of 10 people
  • We require at least 2 adults per party.