Birthday Parties

Throw your child’s next birthday party at Bluff Lake for a unique and memorable experience!  Choose from a variety of games and activities led by our environmental educators, or simply explore and play within the natural beauty throughout the site. We can even provide s’mores for your guests to roast at our gas-powered fire pit!

Permission

Contact our Director of Operations, Maggie Willden (maggie@blufflake.org) to reserve a day and time for your party (up to 25 guests). We will reserve one of our gathering locations for you for up to 2.5 hours.

Fee: $50 (+ $10 per additional guest over 25 people)

Gathering Locations

Bluff Overlook: A space underneath the pergola provides partial shade, benches, and a beautiful view of the site.

Upstairs Shelter. Extended eaves provide protection from the rain and sun, and close proximity to the porta-potties.  (No indoor access)

Fire Pit Area. Benches surround a central space, and nearby picnic tables are scattered throughout gravel trails.

Amphitheater. The outdoor shelter provides protection from sun and rain, and plenty of benches. Located on the lower level near the hiking trails.

S’more Roast

One of our staff members will set up a fire in our gas-powered pit, and bring all the roasting sticks, marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate you need for your guests to craft the perfect s’mores!

Fee: + $100 (45 minutes), + $125 (60 minutes), + $150 (90 minutes)

Nature Games and Activities

One or our experienced environmental educators will lead your guests through the fun lessons, crafts, or games of your choice!

Nature Hikes: Bug hunt; frog hunt; bird-watching; scavenger hunt; creek exploration

Lessons + Activity Themes: Animals of the night; animal bones & pelts; reptiles & amphibians; aquatic life; animal habitats; birds; prairie dogs; insects; mammals; plants & leaves; or flowers

Other Games: Popsicle-stick bridge-building contest; aluminum foil boat-building contest; camouflage; zombie apocalypse; poison dart frog

Crafts: Friendship bracelets; sun catchers; landscape reflection paintings; pet frog rocks; God’s eyes; cattail boats; nature collages; animal tracks booklets; leaf rubbings

Fee: + $75 (45 minutes), + $100 (60 minutes), + $125 (90 minutes)

Amenities

Please bring your own food, drinks, supplies, and folding tables if desired.

There is no running water on site, but there are portapotties with hand sanitizer near the site entrance.

There is no indoor access or electricity.

Basic Setup

We can provide and set up two folding tables, a large cooler of ice water, and a large cooler of lemonade for your party for an additional $50 fee. We will also take them down at the end of the party and help with cleanup.

Length

Your official party must end and be completely cleaned up within 2.5 hours. However, guests are welcome to stay and explore the site until public operating hours end at sunset.

Cleanup

You MUST clean up and leave the site as you found it  immediately following the party, or you will be charged an additional $50 fee. There are garbage cans on the upper level, so please bring a garbage bag if your party will be held in the amphitheater on the lower level.

Pets and Bicycles

To respect the wildlife in our refuge, dogs and bikes are NOT ALLOWED on our site. Thank you for supporting our mission to provide a safe and peaceful haven for our native animals!