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Birthday Party Themes

Step 1: Pick your party Package

Children enjoy an exciting and educational birthday party for their special day! Surrounded by the sights and sounds of the nature center your child's special day will be one of exploration, learning, and fun. Birthday's are a member benefit. Family Membership is required




  • Reserved space in our outdoor covered pavilion complete with 8 picnic tables
  • A room in our indoor facility in case of extreme inclement weather complete with folding tables and chairs
  • A 2.5 hour reservation which includes:
    • Time for setup before the party
    • 50-60 minutes of educator-led program
    • 30-45 minutes for food, dessert, and refreshments
    • Time for cleanup after the party
  • Classic TNC party favor for all participants

$310-For up to 15 Guests*
$420-For up to 25 Guests*

*Additional fee required for select themes and add-ons

 

  • Reserved space in our outdoor covered pavilion complete with 8 picnic tables
  • A room in our indoor facility in case of extreme inclement weather complete with folding tables and chairs
  • A 3 hour reservation which includes:
    • Time for setup before the party
    • 50-60 minutes of educator-led program
    • 30-45 minutes for food, dessert, and refreshments
    • 30 minute BONUS add-on activity
    • Time for cleanup after the party
  • Classic TNC party favor for all participants

$360 For up to 15 Guests*
$495 For up to 25 Guests*


  • Reserved decorated space in our outdoor covered pavilion complete with 8 picnic tables
  • A decorated room in our indoor facility in case of extreme inclement weather complete with folding tables and chairs
  • A 3 hour reservation which includes:
    • Time for setup before the party
    • 50-60 minutes of educator-led program
    • 30-45 minutes for food, dessert, and refreshments
    • 30 minute BONUS add-on activity
    • Time for cleanup after the party
  • Classic TNC party favor for all participants
  • Pizza and Juice for Children
    Kosher options available

  • Animal themed melamine dishware and stainless steel flatware provided and washed by TNC staff

$450-For up to 15 Guests
$600-For up to 25 Guests



Step 2: Pick your party theme

TNC offers many different party themes for your child's birthday. We make it easy for you by including recommended ages but TNC staff would be more than happy to discuss the options that best suit your guest of honor! 


TNC Educator Led:
Parties instructed by an experienced Tenafly Nature Center Naturalist. 

Guests will take to the forest searching for a variety of living and natural wonders. Partygoers will create a keepsake bag and join their friends on a hunt for things found along TNC’s trails. Once the journey is complete, guests will trade in their collection for a reward.

Have a whimsical time at this Fairy Tea Party! Guests will decorate their own fairy crowns and wands. Once they are dressed like fairies, they will begin their quest to find and save all the fairies on TNC trails. Only when they find them all will guests earn their fairy wings. They will end with meeting an Animal Ambassador who lives among the fairies, the bullfrog. If time allows we can play a game.

Additional fee $50 for 15 kids, $75 for 25 kids.

Have a honey of a time and learn about our native New Jersey black bears and their importance to the forest. Make and decorate a stuffed teddy bear during the party to take home. Guests will play a fun game, learning what bears really eat while they venture out on the trails.

Additional fee $50 for 15 kids, $75 for 25 kids.

Guests will hike through TNC’s woods with an educator to find natural treasures and follow the clues to the buried treasure. When guests arrive they will decorate a keepsake bag to use as they explore our trails and learn about the organisms that inhabit our preserve. Great for kids needing to get some energy out on the trails! Not available for groups larger than 20 children.

What does it take to survive in the woods? Get ready to get dirty! Guests will learn the basics of survival by fire building, wayfinding and shelter building.

Experience an animal encounter with 3 TNC Animal Ambassadors. Guests discover how they are different and similar to each animal and how each species survives in the environment. This program can help children gain respect for and decrease their fears of animals. We will also take a short walk in search of native animals.

This party is for those who have dreamed of receiving a letter by an owl and learning about a whole wizarding world! We will meet 4 fantastic beasts including an owl, toad, rat and snake and head into the forbidden forest...just be careful no one mentions this party to you-know-who!

Guest Presenter Led:
Do you love TNC's natural setting, but want a "bigger" program? We offer programs through partnering education-based companies hosted in our space. Led by a guest naturalist. Additional fees apply for all. 

Meet mammals from around the world as you learn their life stories, their often humorous personality, fun facts, anecdotes and get animal eye-views! Guests can meet a variety of mammals chosen for the audeinece's age range. Animals may include a rabbit, a Wallaby, guinea Pig, and the Patagonian Cavy.

Additional Fee $195

Have your party in the scaly world of strange reptiles! Meet with a variety of reptiles, most of which can be touched under the watchful eyes of the instructor. Past guests have included lizards like a Blue-Tongued Skink, turtles like a Red-foot Tortoise, a big Boa Constrictor or an amazing Burmese Python, and even a baby Alligator!

Additional Fee $270

Dive in to the ocean! Learn some of the adaptations that a variety of aquatic creatures have developed for life in the water. Meet the underwater strongman, the starfish; the peaceful but spiny sea urchin; the ancient and mysterious horseshoe crab; the silly clownfish with its protective, multi-armed partner, the anemone, and more. This party will look at these incredible creatures of the deep in a fun, hands-on, and highly interactive show illustrating facts about these wonderful sea creatures.

Additional Fee $295

Some animals have a bad reputation based on appearances! Guests will meet and learn about animal with extradorinary adaptations to survive. This program is for brave party goers ready to meet some animals people may have called "monsters" but by the end of the party, all will call cool! Animals may include alligator snapping turtle, electric catfish, an Anaconda species and more.

Additional Fee $320

Imagine a museum at the nature center! Enjoy an amazing, educational, and fun dinosaur presentation using museum-quality dinosaur, fossil and mineral specimens. Your guests will take home 5 genuine fossils of their choice, ranging from dinosaur bone, trilobites, fossil shark teeth and more. Guests go on a dinosaur egg hunt and even hatch them at the party. The party ends with a ring toss over a life-size T-Rex foot! Each guest will win a toy dinosaur.

Additional Fee $460 for 15 children, $515 for 25 children

Do you have a future paelontologist at home? Dinosaur Supreme has everything the Dynamtie Dinosaurs has, plus more! The program includes and upgraded dig with 10 take-home pieces and pre-arranged goody bags filled with dinosaur theme items.

Additional Fee $610 for 15 children, $655 for 25 children.

Step 3: Pick Your Bonus Add-ons Or Any A-la-carte Add-ons

If you chose the Deluxe or Ultimate party package, your included BONUS add-on are choices with an .

  • Campfire S'mores .......................................................................................................$50
    Kosher options available
  • Extreme Campfire S'mores ............................................................................................$75
    Kosher options available
  • Natural Craft ..............................................................................................................$50
  • Guided Nature Walk....................................................................................................$50
  • Butterfly House [June-August ONLY]..............................................................................$25
  • Dishware/Flatware Rental..........................................................................................$40
  • Animal Ambassador Sponsorships..................................................................................$60 

  • TNC To Go (Maximum group size is 30 children)

    Want to have the party in the comfort of your home? Can't bring birthday treats into school but still want to celebrate your child's birthday in the classroom? Make it special by inviting TNC to the party! We can bring any combination of our Animal Ambassadors to your desired location. This program will run for one-hour. If temperature allows, program may be done outdoors at the discretion of the Environmental Educator (for safety reasons animals may require an indoor climate). $210 plus mileage.   
    • Must have a parking space for TNC staff member near the entrance of your location.
    • If any pets, they must be removed from the room where our Animal Ambassadors will be for the safety of the animals and guests 
    • A mileage charge of the current IRS rate per mile round trip is added to the program fee if the location is outside of Tenafly. 
    • Birthday child will receive a special TNC treat.
    • Reserve your TNC to Go Today!
    Pictures include photos courtesy of Mark Saunders Photography
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