Have a Wild Birthday!
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge is a great venue for your youth AND adult birthday parties. Adult parties are based on your interest but typically include a guided tour of the animals and an up close and personal meet and greet with some of our raptors and/or reptiles. Adult party prices are program dependent.
Youth birthday parties at the refuge are 2 hours long and are typically scheduled from 10AM-12PM or 1PM-3PM on weekends and on weekdays by special arrangement. Night hike times are dependent on the season. Choose from the themes below, or call us with a special request. All themes can be adapted to meet the age of the birthday child. Just ask!
Youth Parties include:
A themed program delivered by a trained educator and use of our party room or outdoor pavilion for the full 2 hours (first or last half hour is reserved for food, etc.).
Price for members is $12/guest with a minimum of $120.00; price for non-members is $13/guest with a minimum of $130.00. There is a $20 additional fee for "Night Hike" party fires. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required at booking- cash, check, and charge are accepted. The deposit fee is subtracted from the final payment. Final payment is due at the event.
The birthday child and birthday parents and grandparents are free. For every child, one adult is free--additional adults $3 each.
Bugs & Butterflies (seasonal)-Creepy crawlies are everywhere! Start with a bug story before the kids gather to learn about the different types of bugs they can find right in their own backyards. View some specimens that we’ve found here at the refuge and then grab our nets and set out on the trail in search of crawlies galore! Where will they be hiding? Finish up with a build-a-bug craft to take home.
Scavenger Hunt- Children will get a tour of the trail and the animal housing area and then will be given digital cameras and a scavenger hunt. With an adult per group, they will then seek
out specific items from their tour. Who will find all of the items first? (One adult required per 5 children.)
Fairy Party- For this party, the little ones will gather together to read a book about fairies. Then they’ll use natural materials to build houses that fairies could live in. We’ll also go on a trail hunt to find some fairy houses already hidden along the trails.
Frog Party (seasonal)- Dress as a frog to discover all about their different adaptations. Why are they built the way they are? Kids will also learn about the different types of frogs who live around here and the sounds they make. Do they all sound the same and can you match the frog to their noise? Learn about the life cycle of a frog. Finally set out on a frog hunt (weather permitting) and search for the different types of frogs (and toads) found at refuge.
Letterbox Treasure Hunt- Follow the clues and discover all of the cool things there are to see along the trail as you set out in search of treasure at Cedar Run. Before heading outside each child will make their own stamp to use as they uncover each letterbox location. What will you come across along the way?
Nature Arts & Crafts- Partygoers will get a guided tour of the animal housing area and then complete a craft along with our naturalists. Children may weave a bird’s nest, create a milk carton feeder, make a bug box, or craft a bird seed ornament.
Night Hike- Have a party at night and see a whole new side to the animals. We’ll discuss the different adaptations the animals have to hunt at night, then we’ll take a trail hike and see the animals in the housing area. We’ll finish with s’mores around the campfire (we provide the s’mores). $20 additional charge for campfire.
Owl Experience- Learn about the cool adaptations of owls that help them hunt in the night. See one live and up close, then dissect owl pellets to see what the owls have been eating lately. Then head over to our animal housing area to visit with some of our other resident owls.
Owl Stories (ages 3-5)- Our popular program includes an imaginary owl hunt, an owl story, and a visit with a live owl. We’ll also create an owl craft and walk to the animal housing area to visit some of our other owls.
Survival (ages 8 & up)- Could you survive in the wild? Are your needs the same as other animals? Take a hike, build a debris hut, and discover other skills needed to survive in the forest.
Wildlife Rehab Party- Kids can bring their own stuffed animals, or use one of ours. We’ll show them what happens to the injured animals that come to our refuge. Then they’ll get a chance to bandage their animals and care for them just as our rehabbers would. Afterwards, we’ll walk over to the animal housing area to see all of our resident animals.