Facility Rentals/Reservations

Parties in the Park

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The Pavilion Area and the 1 acre immediately surrounding the Nature Discovery Center building are under construction.  We expect this construction project to be complete in February 2017. Until that time, Birthday Parties are using picnic tables in a meadow at the south end of the park. These Birthday Parties must still be scheduled through the Nature Discovery Center by calling 713.667.6550.

Birthday Parties and events may be held under the three pavilions located behind the Nature Discovery Center (operated from the Henshaw House). The large pavilion covers three 8-foot picnic tables (seating = 36 kids or 30 adults), while each of the two smaller pavilions covers one 6-foot picnic table (seating = eight kids or six adults). Reservations must be made in advance for all events held in the pavilion area.

Included with your Wildlife Partner membership is one FREE pavilion party rental per membership year. Non-members are charged a $100.00 fee  for your pavilion reservations. This fee is the same as our Wildlife Partner membership fee, and entitles you to the other membership benefits.

Pavilion Rental Amenities and Guidelines:

  • •  Exclusive use of the pavilions for three hours
    Option to decorate pavilions (piñatas or streamers) but return to previous condition after party
    Access to large trash bins 
    •  A
    llow set-up time and clean-up time when you make your party plans and pavilion reservations 

Meetings or Retreats at the Center

Hold your next staff retreat, board meeting or planning session at the Nature Discovery Center (operated from the Henshaw House), with easy access to Russ Pitman Park. You can meet outside at the picnic tables, under our pavilions or inside the Center.

Rental of the Nature Discovery Center is $50.00 per hour.

Center Rental Amenities and Guidelines:

•  The downstairs of the Center features three connected rooms (a meeting room, living room, and dining room) and a kitchen available for your use. Please review our downstairs floorplan for room sizes and seating capacities, or drop by to see the space.
•  The kitchen facilities include: a refrigerator and freezer, stove, oven, microwave, and electric coffee pots.
•  Added amenities: thirty stacking meeting room chairs, four 6-foot tables, a fixed projection screen for slide or presentations (you supply your own projector), and two downstairs restrooms.

The Nature Discovery Center does not provide food or drinks, but outside catering for your event is welcome. Please have your caterer contact us for guidelines.

Restrictions and Payment

Because we are located inside a city park, there can be no pets, alcoholic beverages, or smoking in the building, grounds, or parking lots.

A $100.00 deposit and signed contract are required at the time of reservation. Payment in full is required 48 hours before the event. Failure to pay will result in forfeiture of reservation and deposit. Cancellations must be made no later than 48 hours before your event. Failure to provide 48-hour notice will result in forfeiture of deposit.

For facility rental inquiries, please call the Center at 713.667.6550.

Henshaw House downstairs floorplan.




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