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Celebrate with Nature

Check out our NEW Hot Chocolate Bar party add-on!

With a variety of programs to choose from, Tifft Nature Preserve has something for every young nature enthusiast’s birthday celebration!

Birthday Party Themes

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Ages 3+ | Year Round
Participate in an outdoor sensory exploration of the Preserve. Feel and smell the plants and listen to the call of Tifft while opening your child’s eyes to the natural wonders around them.

Fairy Houses

Ages 3+ | Year Round
Nature is full of lots of surprises – maybe even fairies! Build a house in the woods for Tifft’s fairies and nature’s friends to visit. The simple challenge of creating a fairy house gives children a unique activity that encourages them to go outside and connect with the natural world, nurturing care and respect for the environment. Please have children wear clothes that can get dirty! Long pants and closed shoes encouraged since guests will be heading off of the trail.

Bug Hunt

Ages 3+ | Spring/Summer
Encourage the backyard explorer in your child with this insect-inspired birthday party! Armed with sweep nets and bug jars, party-goers will explore the world of insects up close as we venture throughout the different habitats at Tifft on a bug scavenger hunt.

Bait and Bobbers

Ages 7+ | Spring/Summer
At Tifft, Lake Kirsty is a unique place to hold your child’s birthday party. We’ll provide guests with fishing gear (poles, bait, etc.), teach some basic fishing techniques and let you try your hand at a special slippery, slimy delight!

Wild Survival

Ages 8+ | Year Round
Would you be able to survive in the wilderness? Party guests will work together to build a shelter in the woods and improve their survival skills. Long pants and closed shoes encouraged since guests will be heading off of the trail.

Naturally Creative

Ages 8+ | Year Round
Use the beauty of Tifft as the inspiration to create a wonderful work of art. The birthday child may choose to have guests create either a painting or nature journal to take home. Please make your selection at the time of booking.

Wild Tracks

Ages 3+ | Year Round
Go on an adventure on Tifft’s trails and find clues along the way to identify an animal that calls Tifft home.


Saturday & Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

We suggest making your reservation a minimum of two (2) months in advance, to ensure the date you wish is available for your child’s party.

To book your party today, call 716.825.6397. Birthday parties are also available at the Buffalo Museum of Science.


  • $275 for 15 children, 10 adults.
  • Additional children are $10 each (30 children max).
  • Additional adults are $5 each
  • For parties greater than 15 children (no more than 30 total), an extra facilitator is suggested for the additional cost of $50. Arrangements for an additional facilitator must be made at least two weeks prior to the party date.
  • Buffalo Museum of Science Members receive a 10% discount off the $275 base price (no discounts off additional guests).

Program Cost Includes:

  • Two hour room rental
  • One hour interactive experience
  • Party set-up/clean-up (tablecloths and coloring page placemats included)
  • Reusable plates, bowls, cups and utensils
  • Refrigerator/freezer storage space

For Your Convenience:

  • Theme-related craft available at an additional charge. Call for options.
  • Party guest parking next to the Darling Environmental Education Center
  • If inclement weather prevents outdoor exploration, indoor activities and crafts are provided
  • Hot Chocolate Bar add-on available. $40 for up to 25 people. Includes use of a hot water urn, hot chocolate packets, cups, marshmallows, chocolate chips, peppermint candies, and whip cream.

Click here to view our cancellation policy.

Request a Party Date

You can request a birthday party date at the Tifft Nature Preserve below!

PLEASE NOTE: After you submit the form, a team member will be in touch via phone to confirm the requested details and secure a deposit. The requested date and time is not confirmed until a deposit is made, and may be unavailable. Please be prepared to offer alternate dates and times.

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