The Forest Ecology Preserve pavilion and amphitheater are available for programs, meetings and parties.
Private Events & Speaking Engagements
In addition to regularly scheduled programs, the Preserve often hosts private events for many community groups including civic and social clubs, service organizations, scouts and church groups. For more information about these opportunities or to request a speaker for your program, contact Jennifer Lolley at (334) 844-8091 or e-mail (email@example.com).
Forest Ecology Preserve Birthday Parties
The Forest Ecology Preserve is a wonderful destination for themed nature-based birthday parties! Trained teacher/naturalists provide age-appropriate programs for children and youth. Each 1.5-2 hour party includes a 20-45 minute program, nature hike and hands-on activities.
Tables, chairs, and some themed decorations and displays will be set up with posters and other items, including live insects, reptiles or animals. Parents are in charge of decorations, food and clean-up.
Six themed parties are commonly offered. Custom parties can be created if there is a special theme that the child would like (a $25 fee will be charged for program design).
Nuts for Nature
This program is designed for children ages 2-4. A short program using puppets and live animals will be presented on animals, reptiles, amphibians, plants and trees. Plenty of hands-on learning will keep them entertained. A follow-me hop, skip and jump hike will be led to the playground.
A short program will be presented with several live specimens including snakes, lizards, and turtles for the children to hold and/or touch. Each child will be given a rubber snake or lizard to take home. Children will then take a short hike to the pond and Reptile Rest to look for reptiles. A craft is available to make a bead bracelet (7 and older) with the pattern of a coral or scarlet king snake (red on yellow- kill a fellow, red on black, venom lack) to take home.
Frogs and Fun
A short program on amphibians will be presented with many live specimens for the children to touch and /or hold. Children will hike to the pond to look for frogs and listen to their calls. Frog coloring sheets will be available at beginning of party for children to work on till everyone gets there. Each child will receive a rubber frog.
A short program on insects with several live specimens including the Madagascar hissing cockroaches, worms, and tarantula will be available for the children to hold and touch. Children will go on an insect scavenger hunt. We have butterfly nets and catch boxes. Each child will be given a rubber insect to take home.
Art in Nature
A short program will be presented on the beauty of nature. Children will use magnifying glasses to look up close at items in nature. Nature photographs will be displayed. Children will go on a nature hike to gather items to put on their nature bulletin board that they will make to take home.
Fees and Scheduling
Party fees are $100 for up to 20 kids and $5 for every child over a group of 20 or more. Hosts must have a current membership of Magnolia level or above. Due to facility and staff limitations, only 2 parties may be scheduled at the Preserve per day; in the morning and afternoon. Please be aware that community programs, camps and volunteer work events may present scheduling conflicts. Please visit the Upcoming Events calendar to review availability. For more information or to schedule a party, contact Jennifer Lolley at (334) 844-8091 or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).