During COVID-19 phases:

  • Outdoors only and limited to 10 guests total including birthday family.

  • Outdoor campfire circle and ADA port-o-pot onsite.

  • 2 hours total. Includes 60 minutes with naturalist (hike & animal encounter)

  • Cost is $200

  • Parents of guests can remain on campus (WiFi available).


Party at the park! Our nature birthday parties are perfect for unplugged celebrations.
Your guests can enjoy time in nature while learning about the many wonders of the natural world in fun and exciting ways. We have several birthday party themes to choose from below, and we can also cater to some of your child’s special interests. Make a reservation here, and let nature begin to work her magic!

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Party Options

Calling all party animals!


We offer weekend nature birthday parties that are a fun way to celebrate your young nature lover’s special day in beautiful Gwynns Falls Leakin Park. Our parties are appropriate for children ages 3 and up, and we have several themes to choose from.


Birthday Party Themes

***Children ages 3 and up

Rad Reptiles! 

  • Live reptile encounter with one of our live animal ambassadors (snake, turtle, and lizard)

  • An outdoor scavenger hunt game where children learn where reptiles can be found in the wild by looking in common reptile hiding spaces for hidden objects.                   


Hoots and Chirps! 

  • Live owl encounter with our resident Eastern Screech Owl (***Note*** we put the health and well-being of our animals first, and as such, we CANNOT promise that the owl will always come out for a presentation). In the event that this occurs, we can visit her enclosure and the outdoor aviary for a short viewing of our birds of prey.

  • Bird-watching hike to our bird viewing station with bird feeders

  • Black Walnut ink art using feather quills!

  • Learning common bird calls and giving children the opportunity to be loud and express themselves by making their own calls to each other outside in the forest.


Fairy Friends!

  • Forest hike, each child gets a small bucket to collect natural treasures

  • Stop at a great place for building little fairy homes with biodegradable materials, and natural treasures

  • Live animal encounter + who are our fairy friends in the forest?


Green Garden! (best in spring and summer)

  • Live animal presentation (Box Turtle or snake)

  • Visit to our nearby gardens

  • Log rolls and/or sweep nets to find little invertebrate friends.

  • Seed planting in our garden


Bugs Bugs Bugs! (best in spring and summer)

  • Forest hike or visit to the Nature Center’s surrounding gardens

  • Log rolls, catch net insect search, microscopes, bug viewers, and magnifying glasses provided

  • Insect Catch Sheet Activity

  • Live animal encounter with one animal ambassador who eats bugs (Bearded Dragon, Box Turtle/Wood Turtle) 


Winter Wonderland!

  • Cozy campfire in our outdoor classroom surrounded by trees (can be moved to indoor fireplace depending upon the weather)

    • Opportunity to bring your own treats to roast over the fire

  • Live animal encounter + hibernation fun facts

  • Short winter hike while looking out for good animal hibernation spaces


Each party includes:

  • 60 minutes of planned activity time with a naturalist according to the birthday party’s theme

  • 2.5 hours of classroom use (includes use during 60-minutes with naturalist)


Important Information:



  • Cost is $250 for up to 25 children; $5 each additional child (maximum number of children allowed is 35). Parents attend for free!

  • Parties can be scheduled Saturday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. set up, 12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. cleanup) ***Special rates apply for parties held after center hours.***

Book a party here!


call Carrie Murray Nature Center at 410-396-0808 

Check Out These Creative Party Treats & Snacks!

Brownie bear claw cookies

Campfire cake

Dinosaur cookies

Woodland cake