Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Lussier Family Heritage Center

Private Events & Birthday Parties

Are you planning a get-together with friends, a family reunion, a business group, or a birthday party? We would love to collaborate with you to create a unique outdoor recreation experience or environmental education program within our park system. Our dedicated staff will be there to guide you through the experience. Check out our Field Trips and Public Programs pages for program ideas. Contact us to learn more or book your experience.

Private Events

Let us help you make your next event memorable with a specially tailored outdoor environmental education or recreation experience.

Cost:  $100 an hour per staff member for a private group, with a minimum of 2 hours. Some activities, such as biking and canoeing, or groups larger than 15 require more than one staff member. To request the use of an indoor space as part of your experience, there may be additional costs.

To request a private experience, please email us to discuss your needs.

Birthday Parties

Host your child's next birthday party with us for a unique party experience! Youth birthday party bookings are 2-hour events. The first hour will consist of a program led by our staff and the second hour will be open for you to use our education space for your party festivities.

Cost: $300 with up to 10 children ages 3+ and $5 for each additional child.

To request a birthday party, please email us the preferred dates, times, estimated number of children, and preferred program theme. 

Program Themes

We can tailor the topic depending on your child's interests! Are they currently wowed by worms, fascinated by frogs, obsessed with owls? No problem! We can tailor the theme to help foster their sense of wonder in nature.

Bike Adventure
Join us for a bike ride along the Lower Yahara River Trail through restored prairies, oak woodlands, past marshes, and over a boardwalk bridge across Lake Waubesa. There will be fun games along the way, a break along Lake Waubesa, and a stop at our tower overlook. This gentle bike ride with minimal hills is fun for all ages and ability levels. 

Prairie Adventure
Come explore the prairie with us! Did you know less than 1% of Wisconsin prairies still exists? Discover why prairie plants are important for our ecosystem and pollinators, including bees, butterflies and birds. Grades 5+ will take part in an owl pellet dissection, Grades K-4 will get to create a fun craft.

Birds, Birds, Birds! 
Our prairie is great location to spot various bird species. Students will learn how to use binoculars and the basics of what to look for during birding. This will include a short hike and observation activities. Grades kindergarten through 2nd grade will learn the basics of learn the basics of bird identification and how to use binoculars on a short hike around the prairie. Grades 3 through 8 will learn the basics of bird identification as well as a special focus on owls. This age group’s program includes dissecting an owl pellet.

Precious Plants
Plants are an integral part of our everyday lives and bring life to everything around them. Learn basic tree identification skills, determine age of trees, and learn basic concepts of photosynthesis and importance of plants. Depending on age, this program will include a craft, games, a hike, and identification of plants.

Survival Skills
What do all organisms need to survive? Learn how importance of shelter, water, and food allow for all living organisms to thrive through shelter building and more. Group will practice fire starting, basic knots, and shelter building in our forested area.

Team Building
Need a chance to work better together? This program will lead your group through various challenges to practice their communication, leadership, trust and more. 

CSI: Critter Scene Investigation
Use your crime scene investigation skills in this animal identification program to discover the wildlife in Wisconsin. Learn how to investigate clues to determine what types of wildlife have been visiting our area and how they are surviving.  You may even find a new favorite animal during this interactive program!

Decomposition Matters!
Learn the basics of how microorganisms break down material back into the soil. Group will go on a hike to discover where they live and explore our compost bin.