1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Monday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday
A Metroparks Vehicle Entry Permit is required to visit.
A complement to Kensington Metropark’s seven miles of nature trails, the Nature Center offers exhibits to help explore the wildlife of the park. Park Interpreters are on hand to answer questions as you visit live animals such as turtles, snakes, fish and Ranger the Red-tailed hawk. Hand-feed small songbirds like chickadees and titmice or the fish in Kingfisher Lagoon. Shop for gifts, snacks, or a hot drink at the gift shop. Then head out to explore the over 700 acres of forests, fields, fens and swamps, on trails that vary in length from half-mile to two miles and can be combined to hike for as long or as short a walk as your time allows.
Fairy treasure, tea parties, angry birds, and dinosaurs can make some very happy birthday parties at the Kensington Nature Center. All Children’s Birthday Parties include a one-hour themed program with an interpreter, a second hour of room rental, goody bags for up to 15 party guests, use of tables and chairs, and shared use of the full kitchen. Important features for your guests include wheelchair accessibility, a convenient connection to a large parking lot by a paved walkway, and restrooms in the building.
All Parties Include:
- One hour program with an interpreter
- A second hour of room rental
- Goody bags for up to 15 party guests
- Items may include: stickers, erasers, bracelets, small toys, temporary tattoos
- Use of tables and chairs
- Shared use of the kitchen
- Length: 2 hours
- For ages 4 to 10
- 15 children maximum (including siblings)
- Available Saturdays and Sundays only
- The Great Blue Heron Rookery classroom
- Cost: $200
- Payment due at time of reservation
- Refund Deadline: 14 days before the party.
Possible Party Themes
- Animal Adventure
- Meet a few live critters, like turtles and snakes, and see how they live
- Dino Safari
- Discover the truth about Michigan dinosaurs and build a giant model fossil
- “Hungry” Birds
- Feed some hungry birds and play an angry birds game
- Miss Spider’s Tea Party
- Share Miss Spider’s story and search for her and some of her friends outside
- Woodland Fairy Treasure Hunt
- Explore the Woodland World while playing some fun outdoor activities
Contact Info: (800) 477-2757 ext 6471 (Nature Center Welcome Desk)
Get outside and discover an adventure at the Metroparks with our day camps! Spend the day at Kensington Nature Center with traditional camp fun like fishing, hiking, and smores roasting or go for something a little more exciting like wilderness survival skills workshops or zombie apocalypse preparedness training. Advanced registration is required for all day camps. See the events listing for all details.
Public Programs & Events
Metroparks Interpreters offer programs and events throughout the year for all ages, interests and ability levels. Highlights at the Kensington Nature Center include Beginner’s Guide to Ice Fishing, Chickadee Chowdown, May Native Plant Sale, Astronomy at the Beach, and Zombie Apocalypse Survival. Some programs require advance registration. See the events listing for all details.
Looking for a space for your next meeting or workshop that your guests will “naturally” enjoy? The Kensington Nature Center has you covered. The Great Blue Heron room can accommodate seating for approximately 60 people in a variety of table and chair configurations. It also offers access to a full kitchen and restrooms, is wheelchair accessible, and is conveniently connected to a large parking lot by a paved walkway. A projector for your presentation is available upon request.
Tables and chairs are available for your group, but it is your responsibility to set them up and arrange them to your liking. There are 10 tables-30”x72”/6 feet long and 88 chairs available. Please specify the number of tables & chairs your group requires in advance. The classroom also offers a small kitchen with refrigerator. Be prepared to carry your items from the parking lot to the classroom, the classroom is approximately 250 ft from parking lot. Vehicles are not permitted to drive up to the nature center. We suggest bringing a wagon or dolly to transport your items. Restrooms are located inside of the nature center.
- Day rate – $50 per hour between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (2-hour minimum)
- Evening rate – $100 per hour for the 1st 2 hours between the hours of 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm, $75 each additional hour after the 1st 2 hours 2-hourr minimum)
- All day – $300 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm 8 hour rental)
- Reservations are required a minimum of ten (10) days in advance.
Kosch Catering is the exclusive catering company for Kensington Metropark. All groups that have their event catered must use Kosch Catering; no other food service companies will be permitted in the park. If you choose not to have your event catered, you are welcome to bring in your own food. For additional information contact Kosch Catering at (248) 608-0690 or www.koschcatering.com.
Colored frosting and other food and beverages that can stain rugs and furniture are prohibited. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Please refrain from attaching any decorations to the walls of the classroom. You may decorate the tables and chairs, but it is your responsibility to clean up the area when you have finished for the day. Set up and clean up are included within the time frame you have reserved. If you require additional set up/clean up time you must reserve an additional block of time. If the kitchen is used for more than the reservation time, an additional classroom rental fee will be charged at the regular rate. Please do not touch any of the animal specimens in the classroom. The reserving individual will be held financially responsible for damage to the classroom beyond normal wear and tear.
Groups may cancel for any reason with a 24-hour notice. If there is a cancellation and a refund is granted, processing will take approximately 4-6 weeks. Or your group may reschedule to another available date within the calendar year, with a 24-hour notice.
Park entry fees are not included in the reservation fee. A fee of $10 per vehicle on the weekdays, weekends and holidays, or $35 per vehicle for an annual sticker ($21 for a senior annual) is required on all vehicles entering the park and may be obtained at the tollbooths or Park Office. Group billing is available on a limited basis. Please contact the Park Office for more information.
Research shows that children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature. Environmental education engages students in learning and raises test scores. The Metroparks Interpretive school programs are great examples of STEM-based environmental education, with hands-on activities, cooperative learning, and critical thinking discussions. Programs also meet NGSS and GLCE standards. Many programs are available as EDventures- presented by an Interpreter at your school. See the School Program Guide for all the details.
Scouts: Get outdoors, build character and confidence, meet badge requirements, connect with the outside world, and have FUN with programs at the Metroparks. Diverse programs are available for a variety of Girls and Boys scouting levels. (All Boy Scout programs are presented by Certified Merit Badge Counselors). See the events listing for Kensington Nature Center scout programs offered throughout the year or contact us with a program in mind and we’ll work with you to set something up.