Give your child (aged 6+), spouse, parent, boss, or friend an experience they've probably never had - like touching a sloth, armadillo, or kangaroo - by having a party at The Creature Conservancy!

Party events at the conservancy begin with an hour-long interactive presentation of live animals followed by your party in our reception room. You get to choose the animals! Our presentation room comfortably accommodates 25-30 people for your celebration program. The adjoining reception room is a great place to host party games and serve refreshments after the program.

Please see the FAQ list at the bottom of the page for more information on hosting your party with us, and submit an inquiry to get started planning the party!

Our Reception area The Creature Conservancy's Special Events Building Our Reception Area, decorated

Parties are held in our Education Center at

4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd

Ann Arbor, MI 48103


See some of the animals that are available for party events in the photo gallery below:

(Click on a thumbnail to see full photo and the name and species of each animal. Please note that there are also photos of our Education Center following the animal photos.)

Parties at The Creature Conservancy FAQs:

Does our party package include access to the grounds of The Creature Conservancy before or after our party? No, we ask that the party families and guests remain in the party room for their safety and the safety of our animals. Please do not leave children unattended.

What age range are your programs appropriate for? With the appropriate selection of animals and by adjusting the depth of information, our presenters can tailor programs for first graders to seniors.

Are programs available for children under the age of 6? For the safety of our audiences and our animals, and in the interest of presenting quality educational programs, we cannot do presentations for children under the age of six. more...

What days and times are available for parties? We try to accommodate your preference, but in general weekday evenings and weekends at 11:30 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. are most likely to be available for these events.

How do I reserve the date for my party? After details have been decided, payment in full is required to reserve your date. If you cancel more than three weeks before the date of the party, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel within three weeks of the party you will receive a 50% refund.

Is the facility easy to find? Yes, we are kitty-corner from the Saline Fairgrounds (a.k.a. the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds) on the northwest corner of Ann Arbor-Saline Road and Pleasant Lake Road. Parties are held in our Education Center, the building that looks like a farmhouse at the end of the paved parking lot. The address is 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Road.

Can we bring food? Certainly. The reception room has a refrigerator with freezer to keep your items cool during the presentation.

What is the reception room like? The reception room is a warm, inviting space that adjoins the presentation room. We'll set up tables and chairs for your group. Have a look at the photos in the gallery above to see both the presentation and reception rooms.

Can we decorate the room? Yes, you can have access to the room a half-hour before your presentation if you would like to decorate: tablecloths, table decorations, streamers, etc. No wall decorations, balloons, glitter or confetti, please.

Can we see the facilities before the day of the program? Yes, please email us or call to arrange a time to stop by and take a brief tour.

How long can our party last? Your party may last up to two hours. It will begin with the animal presentation and is followed by your celebration in the reception room.

Are there restrooms available? Yes, a men's and a women's room that are both handicap accessible.

Is parking available? Yes, there is ample parking right in front of the building.

Is the building handicap accessible? Yes it is. The presentation rooms are on the ground floor and the sidewalk is ramped from the parking lot to the door.

How quickly can I get my party organized? We typically schedule programs 6-8 weeks in advance. The earlier you submit your Party Planner form, the better the chance that we'll be able to accommodate your date/time preferences.

What is the cost for a party? The fees charged depend on the animals you choose! Your cost is the total of the charges per animal chosen for your party (with a minimum fee of $275). Your total will vary depending on your choice of animals - see the list when you get started with the Party Planner (click on the button below). Once final arragements have been made, payment in full is required to hold your date.

Do we get a refund if we have to cancel? If you cancel more than three weeks before the event, you will receive a full refund; after that, you will receive a 50% refund.

Does our party include admission to other parts of The Creature Conservancy? There is a separate admission for other areas of The Creature Conservancy. (Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.) See our Visit-Hours page for further details.

How do I get started? Click on the Party Planner to give us your details and make some initial choices, and we'll help you plan the big event!

Party Planner