Birthdays on the Wild Side!

Tortoise wearing birthday hat

Come celebrate your child’s (or your) next birthday at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Our animal ambassadors and naturalists host one of the most entertaining and memorable birthday experiences in the Sacramento region!

Choose from a variety of packages that include one or more of the below activities:

  • An animal encounter with at least one of our resident critters
  • A guided hike through our 88-acre nature preserve teeming with wildlife
  • A live presentation about animals, science and conservation including biofacts such as bones, feathers, eggs and more!

Birthday events are scheduled for 2 hours. An additional half-hour for set up and half-hour for clean-up are included in the price. (So a 2 hour event would be scheduled for 3 hours total.)

Maximum of 18-36 guests depending on package choice. (A guest is defined as anyone over 1 year old.)

For additional details view/download the Birthday Packages flyer.

When you are ready to book an exciting Birthday on the Wild Side, call us at (916) 489-4918 or email us at

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the package include?

All packages include choice of activities, room rental, table & chairs, and parking passes.

What is not included?

Food, drinks, cake, decorations, or goodie bags.

Do the rates/guest count apply to both children and adults?

Yes. The rate includes 18—36 guests depending on room rental and package choice. A guest is anyone over 1 year old. See Birthday Package flyer for package details and guest counts.

How much notice is needed to plan my celebration?

Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance of the event date, and are subject to room and staff availability. More notice is always better!

How does parking work?

You will be provided with parking passes for all cars within your party.

Do Nature Center members receive any discounts?

Yes. Members of the Effie Yeaw Nature Center at the poppy level receive a 10% discount on the package rates. View membership options.

What about set up and clean up?

All events, include a half-hour of setup time so you can decorate and prepare the room to your liking. Also included is one half-hour of clean-up time afterwards. We do ask that you do basic clean-up after your event. (Cleaning expectations will be provided to you by your event coordinator after booking.) So a two-hour event would be scheduled for three hours total.

Can I bring my own food or caterer?

Yes. We do not provide food. It is your choice to bring food or have your event catered. We have a small kitchen area that includes a refrigerator you may use. You will be required to take any leftover food with you upon departure.

What is a typical event schedule?

It’s flexible. You can choose to have some open time (for birthday treats and gift-opening) either at the beginning of your event or after activities have concluded. Your assigned event coordinator will discuss with you how you’d like to structure the event (after it is booked).

How do I reserve my celebration?

Call the Nature Center at (916) 489-4918 or email us at to request a date and time. Dates are subject to availability. There is a non-refundable $50 deposit required for all reservations. Note that your reservation is not confirmed until you hear back from one of our staff and have paid the deposit.

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellations must be made at least two weeks prior to the event date to receive a full refund, less the $50 deposit.

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