Nature Birthday Parties at Indian Creek Nature Center bring together exciting naturalist-guided educational experiences with the freedom, fun and movement that come with time spent outdoors. With facilities for parties of every size, a variety of educational themed programs to choose from, and special goodies for the birthday girl or boy, we will help you plan the perfect party that your child will be talking about for years to come!
Each additional child after 10:
Each additional child after 10:
*Purchase a family membership for $50 at the time of booking and receive the $174 rate. Then, use your membership for other great benefits throughout the year!
Party outside ICNC regular hours: $50**
Music on guitar by Sheila Stevens: $75/hr
Darrin Crow, Storyteller: $75/half hr
Special program requests: Prices vary
**Regular hours: Saturday 9AM-4PM; Sunday Noon-4PM; Tuesday through Thursday 9AM-4PM, Friday 9AM-8PM. Closed Mondays.
Programs are held both indoors and out, regardless of season. In the event of inclement weather, we provide related activities and crafts indoors or in the shade as necessary.
The indoor portion of your Nature Birthday Party will be held in the sunroom, auditorium or Sugar House at the Nature Center, depending upon program choice and season. If you have a preference, we will do our best to accommodate your request. Scheduling is not yet available for our new building but is expected starting in 2017. Clean-up is included.
Register for your Nature Birthday Party by calling Rachel at 319-362-0664. Payment is required at the time of booking.
To be eligible for a fee refund or transfer, ICNC requires a 48-hour advance notice for all cancellations. Eligible cancelled registrations can either be refunded or applied to another registration. All refunded registrations are charged an administrative processing fee of 10%. Only in cases of extreme weather or other extenuating circumstances will ICNC cancel a scheduled program. All programs cancelled by ICNC will receive a full refund.
Parental/chaperone supervision is required throughout the party, including during naturalist-led programs/activities. Indian Creek Nature Center will not be held accountable for lack of supervision of participants.
Program options subject to change by the discretion of the teacher-naturalist. Please confirm program availability at booking. All programs have alternate craft/indoor options in event of inclement weather.
Seasons Offered: Fall
Do you know your ABCs? Explore the alphabet in a new way while you discover your natural world. Fall is a beautiful time in the prairie, and the perfect time to explore the Tallgrass prairie, learning about Asters, Berries, Compass plant, and other plants and animals that make the world a fun place to live. Your adventure will span from A to Z!
Seasons Offered: Spring, Summer
An exuberant frog chorus welcomes the arrival of spring, and the sweet sound of amphibians continue through the summer. Children will learn about the frog life cycle, special frog features, sing frog songs, and go on a frog-watching hike. A frog craft is available for inclement weather.
Seasons Offered: Winter
Water is with us throughout the year, but there isn’t any more fascinating time to explore water than winter! Winter provides us a chance to see its variety of forms: ice, snow, vapor, and liquid. Learn about crystals, play a snowflake matching game, create snowflakes, and take a hike to see how many different forms of water we can find.
Celebrate your birthday with this fox themed adventure! Learn more about our fox friends, and find out how they use their senses in their habitat. Explore your own senses, and try out your fox ears, noses, and eyes on an exploration hike. Learn to express yourself with a fox tail!
This experience focuses on all the life that lives in and around the pond. The water habitats are home to many creatures, both unique and bizarre, that survive and thrive in their wet world. Use scientific tools to measure the water quality of our pond and use nets to collect and examine the life in the pond. Be prepared for mud.
Which animals hibernate, which ones leave, and which ones stick around and play all winter? Find out how the hibernators prepare for winter, and how other animals survive the cold and snow. Explore animal tracks that show us evidence that these animals have been out for a winter stroll with a craft and a hike. Listen to a story all about feet and discover stories in the snow.
Seasons Offered: Year Round
Get to know some of Iowa’s wild animals. Spend time discovering fun things about their fur, their tracks, what they like to eat, and how they live. Play animal games. Go for a hike to explore their habitats and enjoy the great outdoors.
Seasons Offered: Summer
Sun, meadows and buzzing bugs create a special experience as you hunt for insects, learn about their characteristics and explore their life cycle. Play a bee game. A bee craft is available for inclement weather.
Explore Bena Brook – a clear, sandy bottom stream – with excitement around every bend! Discover the unique blue-gray clay and other natural textures and colors on the banks. Work together to engineer an all natural dam with sticks, sand and mud. Shoes required at all times. You will get wet and sandy.