"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous"
- Aristotle

Birthday Parties

  • Casts of animal tracks (local to Massachusetts)
  • Decorate a bug box                                            
  • T-shirt decorating ($5/extra child)                    
  • Edible orange Birdfeeder                                    
  • Worm Farms                                                        
  • Leaf print window hangers                                    
  • Pinecone figurines                                                
  • Flower headbands                                                
  • Clay fossil art 

Party Themes 

We are happy to tailor your party to your child’s favorite nature theme, or you may choose from one of the following: 

Wild Amphibians - Learn what frogs, toads, and salamanders all have in common, and then search the woods for these fascinating creatures on a nature walk. We can also focus on a specific amphibian (for example, you could have a tree frog party).

Beautiful Butterflies - Learn about butterflies and their life cycles. Enjoy butterfly crafts and games afterward. 

Exciting Insects 
- Spend your party discovering the differences between insects and other creatures. We will catch insects and other critters with our bug boxes, examine them, and then set them free. We will decorate our own bug boxes afterward.

Nature Explorers
- We will search for different kinds of animal tracks, trails, and sign, then decorate a t-shirt with track signs and our fabric paints. ($5/extra per child).

Forest Scavenger Hunt - We will explore the woods to discover the answers to clues about nature.

Evening Campfire Program - We will roast marshmallows, sip hot chocolate, tell animal stories and have fun around an evening campfire. We can include a night hike, or just enjoy the fire all evening.

Evening Owl Hike - Enjoy an evening hike, and see if we can spot an owl! We will learn about these wonderful birds of prey and dissect an owl pellet afterwards. 

Party Crafts

You may choose a craft or activity from the list below, or come up with your own. All material costs are included in the price of the party, unless noted otherwise. 

Are you wild about nature?

Consider celebrating your birthday with us! We offer birthday parties with a variety of nature themes. Parties can be held here at Hands On Nature or at another location of your choice. 

Party details

Parties are scheduled for two hours. The fee is $185 and includes:

  • 12 children (including siblings)
  • A guided nature hike
  • A nature craft or activity
  • An outdoor picnic table for cake and presents

Additional children can be added for $3-5/child, depending on the craft and activity. The fee for travel to another location is $25.

Parties can be scheduled during the day from 10-12 or 2-4 pm, or in the evening from 6-8 pm, with some flexibility.

Guests should dress for being outdoors and should wear old clothes and shoes. We would be happy to help with ideas for nature inspired invitations or cakes/snacks. 

Schedule a party

To schedule a birthday party email handsonnature@gmail.com or phone us at

(508) 981-1335 to check on available dates.

Stick frames
Seed planting and planter decorating
Pinecone Birdfeeder
Bird or butterfly cookie decorating
Butterfly crafts
Natural table centerpieces
Bird nesting material buffets
Flower ornaments

Hands on Nature • 67 Carter Street, Berlin MA 01503 • (508) 981-1335 • handsonnature@gmail.com • A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

           Connecting children to their natural world through outdoor educational hands-on experiences

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