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Education for Youth

Birthday Parties

  • To reserve your child’s party, complete our online form. For reservation inquiries, contact Bethany Foshee at bfoshee@houstonaudubon.org. *Party dates are not held until payment is received. Payment of the party fee must be received at the Sanctuary's office within 10 days of making your party reservation request or your party will be erased from our calendar.


Birthday party group

We offer children's nature-theme birthday parties September through May in the Houston Audubon Society's historic log cabin at the Edith Moore Nature Sanctuary. Mrs. Moore hoped to share her log cabin and her nature sanctuary with children for generations, and it is our hope that your child will be inspired with a love and appreciation for nature by having their party here. At our birthday programs, the children are entertained and educated by our Houston Audubon Naturalist, Sara Ranger. For your party, you can choose three of the following options:

  1. A guided nature hike in the woods
  2. Pond dip-netting for tadpoles, mosquito fish, and more
  3. An exciting encounter with our education animals
  4. A walk in or along Rummel Creek (wear water shoes or old sneakers)
  5. A nature-themed craft of your child’s choice (list below)
  6. A hands-on service project in the gardens or trails

Parties are led by our Birthday Party Head Naturalist, Sara Ranger.

  • Two-hour program scheduled September through May on weekdays and weekends - between 10 AM and 5 PM. Please note that birthday parties are unavailable during the summer months.
  • 16-child maximum (including birthday child).
  • $250 fee for Monday - Friday parties; $280 fee for Saturday and Sunday parties.
  • Parents furnish all food, paper goods, utensils.
  • Suitable for children 4 - 10 years old.

Your party naturalist will lead the three activities you choose for your party, plus any clean-up associated with those activities.  Parents are responsible for supervision of children as well as food and related clean-up.. Please contact Bethany Foshée, Guild Coordinator, at bfoshee@houstonaudubon.org to schedule a party.

Birthday party netting

Please be kind to the environment when you plan your party!

Houston Audubon and the Audubon Docent Guild are environmental education and conservation organizations, and all of our programs support this mission. The flyer linked at the top of this page has some suggestions about reducing waste and making sustainable choices when planning your birthday party. Please let us know if you have any questions, or if you would like any additional resources.

Birthday Program Crafts

We offer nature-themed crafts to choose from. Photos and descriptions are below. If you would like to see models of the crafts to help in your decision, please schedule an appointment between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM (weekdays only) to finalize your party plans, view the cabin, and to let your child choose a craft from the display models.


  • Spoon Bugs
    Spoon Bugs

    Create playful bugs using plastic spoons, googly eyes, wings and more!

  • Birds on a Wire
    Birds on a Wire

    Design whimsical city birds, perched on a wire, using wooden clothespins, dowels, feathers, googly eyes and more!

  • Clay Sculptures
    Clay Sculptures

    Make clay animal sculptures using air-dry clay, wooden tools, feathers, sequins, etc – a creative craft for any animal-themed party

  • Bird Seed Ornaments
    Bird Seed Ornaments

    A delicious cookie, ‘baked’ with dried fruits and bird seed, shaped with cookie cutters and hung as a gift for the animals.

  • Mini Bird House
    Mini Bird House

    Paint and decorate miniature wooden bird houses.

  • Yarn Snake
    Yarn Snake

    Wrap colorful yarn around a snake shape with a felt tongue and googly eyes.

  • Slithering Snake
    Slithering Snake

    A bendy snake toy – made of wooden ice cream spoons, bradded together and decorated, complete with forked tongue.

  • Floating Frog
    Floating Frog

    Decorated cork with googly eyes & pipe cleaner legs – ready to take out to float in the pond!

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillar

    Multi-colored beads, threaded on pipe cleaner, with feelers.

  • Clothespin Bat
    Clothespin Bat

    Clothespin base with foam wings and felt ears.

Meet Ranger

Sara Ranger
Sara Ranger

aka Ranger Ranger

Ranger loves birthdays and enjoys making them special for everyone. Ranger is a teacher, a librarian and an entomologist who is crazy about animals and the outdoors. She likes to walk her dogs, garden, and read mystery and fantasy novels in her free time. Ranger has master’s degrees in both entomology and library and information science. She worked as a science librarian for seven years and taught school for three years. Ranger also enjoys teaching at our summer camps. She has a husband and several animals at home.

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