Get back to nature with the best birthday party ever!  Bring your group to Riveredge to experience our nearly 380 acre property that is wildly Wisconsin. With 10 miles of trails, diverse ponds and prairies, and a natural play area Riveredge Nature Center is a captivating celebration location!

Participants

Riveredge staff will recommend ideal program numbers to provide quality experiences for our guests. In general, birthday programs are suited for 10-20 guests, depending on activity.  Changes to group size require at least 2 weeks notice; changes after this result in full charge. Refunds will only be given for amounts of $10 or more.

Scheduling

To schedule a birthday celebration at Riveredge, please contact Cassie Bauer via email at cbauer@riveredge.us or via phone at 262-416-1364. Please have the following information available at the time of contact: Name of Birthday Child, age of guests, date of interest, activities of interest, email address, and contact phone number. All Birthday party requests are taken on a first come, first serve basis.

Pricing

For Parties of up to 12 kids
Members: $140.00
Non-members: $180.00

For Parties of 15-20 kids
Members: $180.00
Non-Members: $220.00
Party prices include the following:
• 4 hour space rental (includes set up/clean up time)
• Naturalist led Program (1-1.5 hours)
• Tables & chairs
• Free parking!
• Trail pass for all party goers for the day

Payment

All birthday party reservations are held upon a non-refundable $50.00 deposit. Minimum program fee payment is due two weeks in advance. Additional program participants can be paid for on the day of the program on an as needed basis. An event confirmation will be emailed to you upon receipt of payment at the time of booking.  Payments can be mailed to:  Attn: Cassie Bauer P.O box 26, Newburg, WI 53060. Or you can call to pay with credit/debit over the phone. Additional, unexpected guests can be paid for on the day of the event.

Room Decorations

Feel free to decorate your party space according to your wishes!  Decorations are not provided by Riveredge Nature Center.

Please be prepared to clean up the rented party space and any decorations that you use for your celebration. Dumpsters and recycling receptacles are located on site for trash disposal.

Cancellations

If severe weather or extreme cold demand the cancellation of a program, Riveredge will attempt to find an alternate date or refund the entire program fee. If you have questions about the weather on the day of the program, please call the Center at (262) 375-2715.  Unless the weather conditions are extreme, the program will be held but may be adapted to accommodate the weather. For instance, if there is light rain, ponchos will be available. Some activities may take place indoors.

Naturalist Led Birthday Parties

Scroll through for a list of naturalist program options for all seasons and interests!

Wild in the Winter!

wild in winter

Celebrate in all seasons at Riveredge. Ice, snow, bubbles, and more are included in this birthday package. You decide your adventure!- You could venture out on a snowshoe hike, visit a subnivean shelter, sled down the hills, bowl on the pond, or make snow snakes and race them across the snowy landscape. Warm up inside with cocoa and a wintry story.
Ages: 4-10
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: December-February

Animal Tracks, Furs, & Skulls

tracks

Hit the trails and spot signs of animal activity all around you! During this hands-on adventure, party guests will have a chance to handle animal skulls and furs. Learn common animal tracks so you can become an animal tracker in your neck of the woods!
Ages: 4-10
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round

Survivor Challenge

survivor

Have you got what it takes to survive? You and your group are faced with a set of challenges that will test your outdoor survival skills. Cross the acid river, construct a rustic shelter, and create cordage from natural materials.

Ages: 8-12
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round

Geocache Adventure

geocache

There are millions of geocaches hidden worldwide; there are probably some near you right now! On this treasure hunt, you’ll use a GPS unit to find your way to several hidden caches at Riveredge. GPS units will be provided by Riveredge Nature Center or feel free to bring your own!
Ages: 10+
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round

Awesome Amphibians & Radical Reptiles

frog

Be on the lookout for these unique critters as you and your group hike to habitat hotspots for frogs, toads, salamanders, and snakes at Riveredge. Spend time getting to know our resident ornate box turtles, Glitter and Bling.
Ages: 4-10
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: April-September

Pond Explorations

pond explorations

A pond is an ever-changing ecosystem made up of countless living and non-living things. Complete the Riveredge pond scavenger hunt and use scoops and basins to uncover what calls our ponds home.
Ages: 5-10
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: May-September

Insect-igation

insect

Sweep the grassy fields and hillsides for hoppers, beetles, flies, and more! Discover what is in your net, get an up-close look under a magnifying glass, and handle insects with care as you embark on this insect investigation with your group.
Ages: 4-10
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: May-October

Tree Climbing Birthday Parties!

Ascend ropes and explore the world way above your feet. We make it safe and easy! All equipment is supplied; all you need is loose clothing (T-shirt and long pants), closed toe shoes (hard soles), and an adventurous spirit.  Gather your group at Riveredge for your own private tree climbing party.  Your tree climbing birthday party package includes use of our “Coop” for your celebration (cake, presents, gathering place) and a two hour tree climbing program for your group.

 This is a special option for our members only.  

Not a member?

The entire family can join for as little as $40!

Ages: 7+

Price: $200 minimum (1-10 climbers); + $20 each for each additional climber.

If weather does not allow for climbing, you may still use the Coop for your celebration for a $50 rental fee.  You will not be charged for climbing that does not occur.

Duration: A group of ten climbers can expect to climb for approximately 45 minutes each; larger groups are welcome but individuals will have slightly less time to climb.

Good to Know:  Nature exploration tools and a huge area of the woods are provided for the birthday parties kids who are not currently climbing to use and explore.

All climbers must come with a completed Participant waiver, signed by a parent/guardian.

Contact Steff Merten at smerten@riveredge.us or 262-375-2715 to schedule a tree climbing party.

Ask about adding a campfire, a garden tour, or extra time to any party!