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MAKE YOUR EVENTS EVENTFUL.

Planning an event? A wedding? A reunion? Corporate offsite? Birthday party? Outing for your community group? Fun run? Whatever your occasion, it’s the perfect occasion to enjoy the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. And we’ve got all kinds of facilities and amenities across our 13 parks – and don’t forget our dedicated staff – to make hosting your event simple, easy and worry free.

GATHERINGS & MEETINGS

Family Gatherings

Bringing family together is important. Having a place all the family can have fun? That’s even more important. From reunions to graduations to birthdays – and more – the Metroparks offer Southeast Michigan’s widest variety of picnic shelters and plenty of nearby park amenities, like beaches, pools, playgrounds and athletic fields and courts. At our locations, you can bring your own food or catering, add bounce houses, live music and much, much more. 

Meetings & Retreats

The Metroparks also plays host to a diversity of private events each year. Hold an outdoor team building exercise somewhere among our woods and water. Or conduct a corporate retreat at one of our nature center classrooms or indoor facilities. They’re fully equipped to handle all your meeting needs. And our staff has the experience it takes to help you make your event a success.

Church Picnics & Events

Is your church looking for the perfect location for your next picnic or event? Your Metroparks have shelters available in every corner of Southeast Michigan for all your event and gathering needs. They come in a wide range of sizes and locations within the parks. Some are conveniently located near park amenities to add to your event, while others are more secluded.

We also have a few indoor facilities if you’re looking for something more banquet style.

Picnic Shelters

Interested in a picnic shelter for your event? Click on the park below to explore the available picnic shelters. If you want to save money, think weekdays. That’s when we offer rentals at half price. You’ll see those reduced fees on our online booking tool. Booking a shelter is that easy!

Indoor Event Venues

Finding the location to host a dinner, an auction, special meeting or adding a space for a larger event, look no further!  Our two indoor event venues give you the space and amenities you are looking for.

Indian Springs Metropark, Environmental Discovery Center

The Environmental Discovery Center boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a picturesque pond bring the great outdoors into your event. Guests can explore the walkways and decks, or just enjoy the panoramic view. With seating capacity for up to 150, table and chairs, a sound system and more, this space can accommodate your needs.

Rates

    • April – October
      • Sunday – Thursday: $800
      • Fridays, Saturdays & Holidays: $1,000
    • November – March
      • Sunday – Thursday: $700
      • Fridays, Saturdays & Holidays: $900

A $500 security deposit is required in addition to the full rental fee. All fees are due at the time of reservation.  If no damages are found, you will receive your full security deposit back 30 days after your event.

To tour the space and learn more call the Indian Spring Metropark Office at 248-625-6640.

Lake St. Clair Metropark, Thomas Welsh Activity Center

The Activity Center has large expansion windows bring the outside in, creating a unique space. Guests can enjoy the natural views of the park and Lake St. Clair. With seating capacity for up to 300, tables and chairs, private restrooms, stage and kitchen, this space is ready for any type of event.

Rates

    • Sunday – Thursday: $1,700
    • Friday, Saturday & Holidays: $2,200

A $500 security deposit is required, in addition to the full rental fee.  All fess are due at the time of reservation.  If no damages are found, you will receive your full security deposit back 30 days after your event.

To tour the space and learn more call Lake St. Clair Metropark Office at 586-463-4581.

Wolcott Mill Metropark, Camp Rotary Activity Center

The Activity Center and be a great space for all types of events.  It has seating for 120 and features, a complete kitchen, fireplace, patio, and two outside grills. It is important to note, the building is not air conditioned.

Rates

    • Monday – Thursday: $450
    • Friday – Sunday: $500
    • Pavilion & Activity Center: $600

To tour the space and learn more call Stony Creek Metropark Office at (586) 781-4242.

Classroom Rentals

If a classroom is more appropriate for your event.  We have you covered!  The Kensington Metropark Farm and Nature Centers have classrooms available to rent.  With different sizes, views and amenities a classroom can provide the right space and close proximity to things to do for your guests, like visits with animals and hikes on trails.

Kensington Metropark Farm Center Classroom

The Farm Center offers a classroom, which is attached to the main barn, for rent.  The classroom can seat approximately 60+ people and it is wheelchair accessible.  Since the classroom is attached to the barn, your group will experience all the sounds and smells of a farm. The building is heated and air-conditioned.  Tables and chairs are available, and it offers a small kitchen with refrigerator.

Also available, either separately or in conjunction with the classroom, is the upper floor of the main barn.  It is a heated facility and offers numerous electrical outlets.

Classroom or Upper Barn Rates

    • Day Rates
      • $50 per hour between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (2 hour minimum)
      • $300 for all day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Evening Rate
      • $100 per hour for the first 2 hours between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
      • $75 each additional hour after the first 2 hours (2 hour minimum)

To reserve or for questions call the Kensington Metropark Office at (810) 227-8910.

Kensington Metropark Nature Center Classroom

The Great Blue Heron Classroom can accommodate seating for approximately 60 people and is wheelchair accessible. The building is heated and air-conditioned.  Tables and chairs are available, and it offers a small kitchen with refrigerator.

Rate

    • Day Rates
      • $100 flat rate for up to 2 hours
      • $50 for each additional hour between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
      • $300 for all day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Evening Rates
      • $200 flat rate for up to 2 hours
      • $75 for each additional hour between 5 p.m. -10 p.m.
      • $425 for all evening, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Animal Encounter Rate
      • Rental rate includes the opportunity for your guest of honor to meet an amphibian, turtle or snake
      • $125 flat rate for up to 2 hours
      • Additional hour pricing will follow day or evening rates
    • Add-ons
      • AV Cart – Free
      • Projector Rental – $50/hour
      • Additional Set-up time – $50/hour
      • Chickadee Nest Room – $50/hour

To reserve or for questions call the Kensington Metropark Nature Center at (810) 227-8910.

Rules and regulations apply to each facility. Park entrance fees are not included. These spaces require you to book 14 days in advance.

Click here to explore Event Add-Ons and upgrade your event with a hayride, bonfire, and more.

Group Camp

Bring your scout or organized youth group out to camp near the Clinton or Huron Rivers, and under the stars at your Metroparks. Overnight and day camping is available year-round at Hudson Mills, Kensington, Lower Huron and Wolcott Mill Metroparks.

Advanced reservations and a permit are required. To book your group’s stay please contact the Metropark Office of the park you are interested in reserving.

Rates

  • Permit: $35 for 1st night ($15 each additional night)
  • Firewood Bundles: $25/half a cord (only available at select Park Offices)
  • Camporee and Jamboree pricing available at some locations
Hudson Mills Metropark (734) 426-8211
Lower Huron Metropark (734) 697-9181
Kensington Metropark (810) 227-8910
Wolcott Mill Metropark (586) 781-4242

Nature Center Birthday Parties

Kensington Metropark Nature Center

Celebrate a special birthday at the Kensington Metropark Nature Center. Create a unique birthday party experience by having an animal encounter for the guest of honor. Bring in your snacks, cake and activities to round out a special birthday celebration.

Rates

    • Rental rate includes the opportunity for your guest of honor to meet an amphibian, turtle or snake
    • $125 flat rate for up to 2 hours
      • Extra hours can be added for an additional fee.

To reserve or for questions call the Kensington Metropark Nature Center at (810) 227-8910.

Lake Erie Metropark Marshlands Museum & Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center

Birthday party packages are available at the Lake Erie Metropark Marshlands Museum and Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center! These include private classroom rental, interpretive program and a craft or game.

Rates

  • $50 classroom rental – Includes 3-hour block of time, either 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • $4 per child – minimum charge for 10 kids ($40) and maximum charge for 25 kids ($100)

To reserve or for questions call the Oakwoods Nature Center at 734-782-3956 or Lake Erie Metropark Marshland Museum at 734-379-5020.

Rules and regulations apply to each facility. Park entrance fees are not included. These spaces require you to book 14 days in advance.

FAQ

Events that are expecting more than 50 people in attendance are considered a large group event and require a permit. Permits for Large Group Events must be obtained at least four weeks prior to the event. Requirements for obtaining permits are available at the park office, and are subject to both individual park and local township review and approval. Other event elements that require permits are bounce house and inflatables as well as amplified sound such as DJs, loudspeakers, etc. Completion of a Special Event Form will be required and is available by contacting the park office.

Special pricing consideration is available for non-profit organizations.


Does the Metroparks have an on-site caterer or work with a preferred vendor list?

We do not have on-site catering available.  There are concession areas available at some parks, often close to park amenities.  We also do not have a preferred vendor list.  You are welcome to work with the caterer and other vendors of your choice.

Is alcohol allowed at the Metroparks?

Only beer and wine may be consumed in picnic areas or areas designated by the Metroparks. Alcoholic beverages may be permitted in accordance with Rules & Regulations of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission at indoor event venues. No person shall possess any alcoholic beverages in any park or park area during times when notice is posted of such closure.

Is there power available?

Depending on the location within the park you are looking at for your event, there might be power. Many picnic shelters have power outlets available.  Be sure to ask park staff about your location when inquiring further.

Can I have a bounce house or inflatable at my event?

Inflatables are permitted in the Metroparks only when the following criteria is met:

  1. Prior approval from the Metroparks.
  2. Provide a certificate of insurance naming HCMA as an additional insured.

What are your insurance requirements?

Insurance requirements vary depending on the type of the event and activities planned. When inquiring about or booking your event, a Metroparks staff member can answer your specific insurance questions.

Do my event attendees need to pay the park entrance fee?

Yes, your event participants or guest will need to pay the daily entrance fee, unless they already have a Metroparks annual pass. However, for weddings that use one of our two indoor venues, the daily entry fee is rolled into your package, but is only valid for the day of your event.  Any park visits prior to your wedding will require paying the entrance fee.

EVENT PHOTO GALLERY

PUBLIC EVENTS

Conducting a fundraiser? A fishing tournament? An art fair? Concert? 5k run or cross-country race? Boat show? Golf tournament? There’s no end to the kinds of events we host at the Metroparks. With 13 properties, nearly 25,000 acres, and a rich diversity of locations and facilities, we have plenty of space to make your event happen. Whether you are looking for an open area, picnic shelter, route along a trail or combination, we invite you to explore our parks. Our staff has deep experience in planning large events and can work directly with you to find the perfect spot for your perfect event.

We understand that each event is unique, so to book an event, call the Metropark Office of the location of you are interested in hosting your event. Metropark staff will walk you through availability, pricing, rules and regulations, insurance requirements and event support options.

To get you started, here are some details to consider and explore.

Open Spaces

With 25,000 acres of park space, the Metroparks are sure to have a spot perfect for your event. Whether you need an area big enough to set up a 5k run or a cross country invitational meet, we have the solution. Or maybe you need an open space to set up an art show, a place near restrooms and picnic shelters as well as sports fields to host a sports tournament or a large parking lot with boat launch facilities for your fishing tournament. If it’s an outdoor event, chances are we have a space for it – just ask us !

Picnic Shelters

Interested in a picnic shelter for your event? Click on the park below to explore the available picnic shelters. If you want to save money, think weekdays. That’s when we offer rentals at half price. You’ll see those reduced fees on our online booking tool. Booking a shelter is that easy!

Indoor Event Venues

Finding the location to host a dinner, an auction, special meeting or adding a space for a larger event, look no further!  Our two indoor event venues give you the space and amenities you are looking for.

Indian Springs Metropark, Environmental Discovery Center

The Environmental Discovery Center boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a picturesque pond bring the great outdoors into your event. Guests can explore the walkways and decks, or just enjoy the panoramic view. With seating capacity for up to 150, table and chairs, a sound system and more, this space can accommodate your needs.

Rates

    • April – October
      • Sunday – Thursday: $800
      • Fridays, Saturdays & Holidays: $1,000
    • November – March
      • Sunday – Thursday: $700
      • Fridays, Saturdays & Holidays: $900

A $500 security deposit is required in addition to the full rental fee. All fees are due at the time of reservation.  If no damages are found, you will receive your full security deposit back 30 days after your event.

To tour the space and learn more call the Indian Spring Metropark Office at 248-625-6640.

Lake St. Clair Metropark, Thomas Welsh Activity Center

The Activity Center has large expansion windows bring the outside in, creating a unique space. Guests can enjoy the natural views of the park and Lake St. Clair. With seating capacity for up to 300, tables and chairs, private restrooms, stage and kitchen, this space is ready for any type of event.

Rates

    • Sunday – Thursday: $1,700
    • Friday, Saturday & Holidays: $2,200

A $500 security deposit is required, in addition to the full rental fee.  All fess are due at the time of reservation.  If no damages are found, you will receive your full security deposit back 30 days after your event.

To tour the space and learn more call Lake St. Clair Metropark Office at 586-463-4581.

Wolcott Mill Metropark, Camp Rotary Activity Center

The Activity Center and be a great space for all types of events.  It has seating for 120 and features, a complete kitchen, fireplace, patio, and two outside grills. It is important to note, the building is not air conditioned.

Rates

    • Monday – Thursday: $450
    • Friday – Sunday: $500
    • Pavilion & Activity Center: $600

To tour the space and learn more call Stony Creek Metropark Office at (586) 781-4242.

Golf Courses

The Metroparks are a great place to host your next golf outing, with seven regulation courses across Southeast Michigan, we are close to you.  Our friendly staff will work with you to customize your perfect outing.  We offer a variety of packages that include food and beverage options to accommodate you and your guests.

Click here to learn more about our courses and get more information.

FAQ

Events that are expecting more than 50 people in attendance are considered a large group event and require a permit. Permits for Large Group Events must be obtained at least four weeks prior to the event. Requirements for obtaining permits are available at the park office, and are subject to both individual park and local township review and approval. Other event elements that require permits are bounce house and inflatables as well as amplified sound such as DJs, loudspeakers, etc. Completion of a Special Event Form will be required and is available by contacting the park office.

Special pricing consideration is available for non-profit organizations.


Does the Metroparks have an on-site caterer or work with a preferred vendor list?

We do not have on-site catering available.  There are concession areas available at some parks, often close to park amenities.  We also do not have a preferred vendor list.  You are welcome to work with the caterer and other vendors of your choice.

Is alcohol allowed at the Metroparks?

Only beer and wine may be consumed in picnic areas or areas designated by the Metroparks. Alcoholic beverages may be permitted in accordance with Rules & Regulations of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission at indoor event venues. No person shall possess any alcoholic beverages in any park or park area during times when notice is posted of such closure.

Is there power available?

Depending on the location within the park you are looking at for your event, there might be power. Many picnic shelters have power outlets available.  Be sure to ask park staff about your location when inquiring further.

Can I have a bounce house or inflatable at my event?

Inflatables are permitted in the Metroparks only when the following criteria is met:

  1. Prior approval from the Metroparks.
  2. Provide a certificate of insurance naming HCMA as an additional insured.

What are your insurance requirements?

Insurance requirements vary depending on the type of the event and activities planned. When inquiring about or booking your event, a Metroparks staff member can answer your specific insurance questions.

Do my event attendees need to pay the park entrance fee?

Yes, your event participants or guest will need to pay the daily entrance fee, unless they already have a Metroparks annual pass. However, for weddings that use one of our two indoor venues, the daily entry fee is rolled into your package, but is only valid for the day of your event.  Any park visits prior to your wedding will require paying the entrance fee.

EVENT PHOTO GALLERY

WEDDINGS

It’s just about the most special event there is. And it needs a setting that’s every bit as special, too. We’re talking about weddings at the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Where we have the ability to host all sizes of weddings and receptions across all kinds of venues.

If you’re thinking about an outdoor wedding, consider hosting your ceremony in your favorite Metropark location. We have an abundance of scenic locations for ceremonies ranging from the backdrop of the historic grist mill at Wolcott Mill Metropark, to the iconic pines of the Shelden Estate at Stony Creek Metropark or a picturesque lake side view and everything in between. You can also explore our open-air picnic shelters below.

If you’re thinking more along the lines of an outdoor wedding with indoor reception both Indian Springs and Lake St. Clair Metroparks have beautiful venues for you to explore.

Indian Springs Metropark, Environmental Discovery Center

Your wedding day will stand out with nature as your backdrop and you as the focus at Indian Springs Metropark.  Weddings may be held anywhere at the park, but two of our more popular spots are the Oak Circle or the Pergola, both near the Environmental Discovery Center.

For your reception the Environmental Discovery Center boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a picturesque pond, bringing the great outdoors into your event. Guests can explore the walkways and decks, or just enjoy the panoramic view. With seating capacity for up to 150, make an appointment to visit Indian Springs Metropark and start planning your perfect day.

Rates

Reception Only (April – October)

  • Sunday – Thursday: $2,400
  • Fridays, Saturdays & Holidays: $2,900
Reception Only (November – March)

  • Sunday – Thursday: $2,200
  • Fridays, Saturdays & Holidays: $2,700
Ceremony & Reception (April – October)

  • Sunday – Thursday: $2,700
  • Fridays, Saturdays & Holidays: $3,200

A $500 security deposit is required in addition to the full rental fee. All fees are due at the time of reservation. If no damages are found, you will receive your full security deposit back 30 days after your wedding.

To book your appointment, call the Indian Springs Metropark Office at (248) 625-6640.

Lake St. Clair Metropark, Thomas Welsh Activity Center

The sparking blue water will set the scene for your beautiful day. The Gazebo on Huron Point is a picturesque location to say “I do” at Lake St. Clair Metropark and the lake is an amazing backdrop for your photos.

Your reception is just a short walk or shuttle bus ride away at the Thomas Welsh Activity Center. The large expansion windows bring the outside in, creating a unique space to celebrate. Guests can enjoy the natural views of the park and Lake St. Clair. With seating capacity for up to 300, make an appointment to visit Lake St. Clair Metropark and start planning your perfect day.

Rates

Thomas Welsh Activity Center

  • Sunday – Thursday:  $1,700
  • Friday, Saturday & Holidays: $2,200
Gazebo

  • Ceremony Only: $200
  • With Rental of Thomas Welsh Activity Center: $125

A $500 security deposit is required in addition to the full rental fee. All fees are due at the time of reservation. If no damages are found, you will receive your full security deposit back 30 days after your wedding.

To book your appointment, call the Lake St. Clair Metropark Office at (586) 463-4581.

Stony Creek Metropark, Shelden Pines

Located on the former grounds of the historic mansion, nestled among the towering pines, you will find a ceremony location like no other. This space is open to bring in your own seating and alter.

Rates

  • $800

To book your appointment, call Stony Creek Metropark Office at (586) 781-4242.

Wolcott Mill Metropark, Camp Rotary Activity Center

This laidback location will make your wedding day an intimate and special affair. Located at Camp Rotary, the Activity Center can accommodate your receptions and features, a complete kitchen, fireplace, patio, and outside grills. It is important to note, the building is not air conditioned. With seating capacity for up to 120, make an appointment to visit Wolcott Mill Metropark Camp Rotary and start planning your perfect day.

Rates

  • Monday – Thursday: $450
  • Friday – Sunday: $500
  • Pavilion & Activity Center: $600

To learn more or to book your appointment, call Stony Creek Metropark Office at (586) 781-4242.

Wolcott Mill Metropark, Historic Center

The Historic Center brings an added element of history to your special day. Say your vows in the Gazebo and then celebrate just steps away at your tented reception. The Historic Center will bring nature and history together to make your wedding day photos stand out.

This Historic Center grounds can accommodate a tent with seating up to 150 (tent is not included). Weddings must be complete and grounds must be cleared by 5 p.m. Make an appointment to visit Wolcott Mill Metropark Historic Center and start planning your perfect day.

Rates

  • Event space for tent and gazebo – $800

To book your appointment, call Stony Creek Metropark Office at (586) 781-4242.

Picnic Shelters

Interested in a picnic shelter for your wedding? Click on the park below to explore the available picnic shelters. If you want to save money, think weekdays. That’s when we offer rentals at half price. You’ll see those reduced fees on our online booking tool. Booking a shelter is that easy!

COMMERCIAL FILMING

If you’re looking for the perfect place to shoot product photos or or film commercials and even movies, look no further. Your Metroparks have the perfect scene for a variety of commercial filming needs.

The Metroparks have been the scene of multiple vehicle promotional photos and videos as well as the backdrop for TV and video productions.

Call the Metropark Office of the location of you are interested in for more information about a commercial filming permit.

EVENT ADD-ONS

Your private or public events can be enhanced with Metroparks add-ons. Are you hosting a family reunion? Book an Island Queen boat tour around Kent Lake at Kensington Metropark. Having a team building exercise? Reserve stand-up paddleboards to try a new activity. Celebrating a child’s birthday? Book an interpreter for an animal encounter or educational experience.

Explore available enhancements or add-ons by park. Click on the icon for more information.

Delhi Metropark

Paddling

Dexter-Huron Metropark

Paddling

Hudson Mills Metropark

Bike Rental

Disc Golf

Golf

Interpretive Center

Paddling

Indian Springs Metropark

Golf

Splashpad

Interpretive Center

Kensington Metropark

Disc Golf

Golf

Fire Ring

Hayrides

Interpretive Center

Island Queen

Splashpad

Lake Erie Metropark

Golf

Interpretive Center

Marina

Paddling

Splashpad

Lake St. Clair Metropark

Adventure Golf

Bike Rental

Footgolf

Golf

Interpretive Center

Marina

Shuttle Service

Paddling

Lower Huron Metropark

Camping

Paddling

Waterslide

Oakwoods Metropark

Paddling

Interpretive Center

Stony Creek Metropark

Camping

Disc Golf

Golf

Interpretive Center

Paddling

Waterslide

Willow Metropark

Disc Golf

Golf

Paddling

Wolcott Mill Metropark

Interpretive Center

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