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    Children's Birthday Parties

    Nature-based birthday parties for kids turning 4 to 12 years old hosted in a private party room!

    You schedule the party and we take care of the rest.

    Parties at Swaner are easy for parents and fun for kids! We will take care of the details so that you, your child, and your guests may enjoy the experience. Your child's party will be the talk of the town after an hour and a half  of engaging and educational birthday party activities. Book early to be part of the fun!

    Party Themes

    Animal Adventures (ages 4-12)

    Animal Adventures Birthday Party

    Calling all animal lovers! Kids will explore a hands-on touch table of furs, bones, and tracks; make a track or dissect an owl pellet; and explore the Preserve for signs of animals. During the winter months party guests will don snowshoes for outdoor exploration. In the warm months guests will learn how to use binoculars to look for animals on the Preserve.

    Neat Nature Art (ages 4-12)

    Neat Nature Art Birthday Party

    This party is perfect for a creative child and their friends. The birthday child and party guests will explore the Preserve for inspiration, then get down to work to create a beautiful project to take home at the end of the party.

    Geocaching (ages 7-12)

    Geocaching Birthday Party

    Are you ready for a high-tech treasure hunt? Learn how to use a Garmin GPS unit, then get out on the Preserve to search for hidden treasure boxes and learn more about the Swaner Preserve. Geocaching is only available in the summer and fall. In instances of inclement weather, a full outdoor geocaching party experience is not available. Party guests will participate in an alternate indoor scavenger hunt if it is not possible to go outside due to weather.



    When are parties offered?

    • Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (Available September - May)
    • Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m. to Noon
    • Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

    How much does a party cost?

    • $225 for a party group of up to 20 children and adults, including the birthday child and parents
    • $10 for each additional guest, with a maximum party size of 25 children and adults
    • 2 adults are required per party; if your child is turning 4 to 6, we require 1 adult for every 4 children
    • Swaner members with a Family Membership receive a 10% discount on birthday parties.  (Memberships must be purchased prior or at time of booking.  Memberships purchased day of party will not receive the 10% discount.)

    What does the party package include?

    • 90 minute, private reservation in our party room, including 1 hour of science-themed activities
    • Party staff for 90 minutes to enthrall and entertain your child and their guests
    • Plates, cups, napkins, and utensils (refreshments not provided)
    • Goodie bag for each guests, filled with fun items

    Add an extra half hour to the party with our Wetland Themed Rock Climbing Wall for an extra $50.  Children must be 7 or older to participate.
    Feel free to explore the EcoCenter after your scheduled party time has ended.  Check in with our front desk staff for fun scavenger hunts, directions to our interpretive trail, and more!

    To book, contact Natalie McHale | natalie.mchale@usu.edu | 435-797-8938 with your desired date and theme. Booking early is highly recommended.

    Deposits, Transfers, and Cancellations:
    Party reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance and require a 50% deposit at time of booking.  To ensure availability, we recommend inquiring about a specific date and time as early as possible. The remaining balance must be paid on the day of the party.  Cash, check, and credit card are all accepted forms of payment.
    Changes of date and/or time of party received at least one week prior the scheduled party can be made for an administrative fee of $25.  Changes of date and/or time made less than one week in advance cannot be accommodated.  Cancellations received at least one week prior to the party will receive a refund of the deposit, less a $25 administrative fee.  Cancellations made less than one week in advance will not receive a refund of the deposit paid.

    Stephanie Cooper

    Name: Natalie McHale

     Position: Education Assistant

     E-mail: natalie.mchale@usu.edu

     Phone: 435-797-8938

    *No birthday parties are allowed at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter unless they are booked through Swaner's birthday party program.