ALNC CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

Aldo Leopold Nature Center is closed until further notice*. All programs and events are canceled, including Maple Syrup Fest.

*Please note our date of reopen to the public is based on public health recommendations and other factors.

With information changing rapidly, we thank you for your patience as we determine the right course of action in the best interest of public health.

Please stay tuned and do not hesitate to contact us with questions at alnc@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org. Thank you.

Birthday Parties

ALNC is closed until further notice due to COVID-19*

All programs and events are canceled, including birthday parties. If you have an event scheduled, our staff will contact you. If you have specific questions about birthday parties, please contact us at birthdays@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org. Thank you.
*Please note, our date of reopen is based on recommendations from public health officials.
 


 
A happy, hands-on celebration awaits your child during a nature-themed birthday party at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center! We offer several fun-filled options to make your child’s birthday memorable.

Each party includes 1 hour of guided activities and 1 hour of free time in the party room. Reusable plates, cups, utensils, napkins and decorations are available at no additional cost.

Availability: Birthday parties are held Saturdays* and Sundays from 10 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 3pm. Weeknight timeslots are also an option during the fall, winter and spring. Weekend times book quickly – especially in the summer – so we recommend scheduling your party 1-2 months in advance.
*Due to frequent wedding rentals, Saturday afternoon parties are limited from May through October.

Fee: $16 per child; $160 minimum. ALNC members save 10%. A non-refundable $50 deposit is required when booking. The remaining balance is due on the day of the party. Late payments may result in a $25 late payment fee.

Booking: Call (608) 221-0404 x 1 or email birthdays@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org for more information or to schedule a party. We will need the following details to complete your reservation:

  • Preferred party date and time
  • Birthday child’s name and age
  • Adult’s name, phone number, email address and billing address
  • Program theme
  • Anticipated number of party guests (can be updated later)
  • Membership status
  • $50 deposit

Weather Policy: Please dress for the weather and the season, as all programs have outdoor components. Parties are held regardless of weather, though in the case of thunder, lightning or other inclement conditions, alternate indoor activities will be provided.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: If you must reschedule you party, we will do our best to find an alternate date. However, if rescheduling is not possible, the $50 deposit is non-refundable.

 

PARTY THEMES

BUG BIRTHDAY (spring, summer, fall)
From the land to the water to the air, insects are found almost everywhere! Collect and observe insects up close, learn about insect anatomy, and discover some of the important jobs insects have in nature.

FEATHERED FRIENDS (all seasons)
Celebrate with style on a birding adventure! Learn what makes a bird a bird, hike the ALNC grounds with binoculars, and play games to learn different bird calls. Add an owl pellet dissection for each child or pair of children for an additional $2/pellet.

FURRY FRIENDS (all seasons)
Do you love animals? We do, too! Join us to celebrate all things furry, fuzzy, and fabulous! Explore the pond, prairie, and woodland in search of ALNC’s resident mammals and the clues they leave behind.

NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT (all seasons)
Join us as we head out for a scavenger hunt! Children will follow clues to hidden treasures throughout the grounds in search of seasonal nature items.

PIONEER PARTY (all seasons)
Bring your friends and celebrate the old fashioned way! We’ll get dressed up in pioneer clothes, visit the Children’s shack to see how people lived a long time ago, play pioneer games, and try our hand at churning butter and grinding grain.

POND EXPLORATION (spring, summer, fall)
Search for and discover the wide range of animals that call our pond home! We’ll catch aquatic critters and learn about the neat adaptations they’ve developed to thrive in their watery environment.

SNOWSHOE ADVENTURE (winter only – for children ages 6 and up)
Let’s have an adventure! ALNC will provide snowshoes and a brief snowshoe lesson before we head out on the trails to explore and play games on snowshoes. In the absence of snow, we will substitute winter survival activities instead.

WILD THINGS! (all seasons)
Make masks and transform into wild things! We will read Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and hike the trails in search of ALNC’s very own wild things.

WOODLAND FAIRIES & GNOMES (all seasons)
Discover the magical world of fairy folk and explore the woodland in search of these secretive creatures! We’ll design and create our own fairy or gnome homes for our forest friends to find.

OTHER (all seasons)
Don’t see a theme that fits your child’s interests? Contact us to see if we can create a tailored party just for you!

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Age: Birthday parties are offered for children ages 3 and up.
  • Group Size: Maximum group size is 24 children, including siblings over the age of 3 and the birthday child. Please provide us with an estimated number of guests (both children and adults) when booking your party. One week prior to the party, please call (608) 216-9382 or email birthdays@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org with the final guest count.
  • Setup and Decorations: You may arrive up to 30 minutes prior to the party to set up. We will provide tables and seating in addition to reusable table covers, plates, cups, utensils, napkins and decorations. You are welcome to bring your own supplies if you would like them to match with a specific theme. Banners, streamers and other decorations are permitted with the use of blue painters tape. Helium balloons are not allowed. Piñatas may be done outdoors only.
  • Food: You may bring in your own food or have it delivered. A residential-sized refrigerator and freezer are available. Please bring a cooler if additional refrigeration is necessary. Alcohol is not permitted.
  • Trash and Recycling: Please dispose of all trash and recyclables in the bins provided. We ask that you leave the room as you found it upon arrival.
  • Supervision: You are responsible for the discipline of all children, which may include removing individuals from activities if they are not behaving in an appropriate manner. All party-goers must be chaperoned while exploring ALNC’s Nature Nooks or other areas of the building before or after the party.
  • Parking: Parking is available in front of the Nature Center or in the bus parking lot. A cart is available to help you load and unload your vehicle if needed.
  • Weather and What to Wear: Please remind party guests to dress for the weather as parties occur rain or shine and attendees will spend time outdoors. In the event of inclement weather, program activities may be adapted and conducted indoors.

 

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Interested in hosting a party for adults? Please see our information on building rentals or contact (608) 216-9370 or rentals@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org for additional information.

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