Both birthday girls and all of their guests had a great time at the Teale Learning Center. We've heard from other parents that their kids talked about how much fun they had. Please share our thanks with the naturalist for all her good work! — Birthday Party Parent
My son's birthday party was this last Saturday and it was a huge success. Thank you for helping us make it special. The naturalist was wonderful; she was great at engaging the children! — Birthday Party Parent
Make your child's next birthday extra special with a nature-themed party at our beautiful Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Maryland or Rust Sanctuary in Leesburg, Virginia.
Birthday celebrants spend an hour with a staff naturalist exploring nature and participating in nature activities and games. For the remaining half hour, festivities continue indoors at the Edwin Way Teale Center (Woodend) or Discovery Room (Rust) where the party hosts provide birthday refreshments. Up to 18 children may join the fun. The birthday child's parent(s) or other responsible adult must be present.
Party Times at Woodend / Chevy Chase, MD
4-5:30 pm (plus 1/2 hour for set-up and breakdown)
Not available during the 9 weeks of summer camp (6/21-8/16)
Saturday or Sunday
10:30 am-12 pm (plus 1/2 hour for set-up and breakdown)
1:30-3 pm (plus 1/2 hour for set-up and breakdown)
Party Times at Rust / Leesburg, VA
Wiggly Worms, All About Birds, Ponding, Insect Investigations, Reptiles & Amphibians, Animal Clues, Winter Detectives
Chevy Chase Sanctuary - email Carol Hayes or call Carol at 301-652-9188 x10.
Leesburg Sanctuary - email Susanne Ortmann or call Susanne at 703-669-0000.
How can I get more information?
For a detailed description of our birthday parties and a list of the themes offered at the two different locations, please download one of the birthday party brochures available above.
When do you hold birthday parties?
We hold birthday parties on Fridays from 4-5:30 pm (3:45-5:45 pm, not offered during summer camp) and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am-12 pm (10:15-12:15 pm) and 1:30-3 pm (1:15-3:15 pm). Each party includes 15 minutes for set-up and 15 minutes for breakdown.
How do I check availability?
To check the availability at Woodend (Chevy Chase), use the reservation system to check a particular date and time. For Rust (Leesburg, VA), call 703-669-0000. Reservations for Chevy Chase birthday parties are made using our online birthday party registration system.
How many children can come to the party?
The birthday party fee includes 14 children. There will be $15 charge per additional child up to a maximum of 18 children. There must be at least 3 adult chaperones at the party. Maximum number in the party room is 26.
What do you do if it is raining or snowing during the party?
We hold our birthday parties rain or shine and participants should dress appropriately for the weather. In case of severe or dangerous weather, we can hold the party entirely indoors or reschedule.
When will the naturalist leading the birthday party contact me?
The naturalist leading the birthday party will contact you the week before the party to answer any last minute questions and go over any specific programming needs.
Do I need to be a member to have a birthday party?
No, you do not need to be a member of the Audubon Naturalist Society to schedule a birthday party. There are two fees for birthday parties, one for members and one for nonmembers. The fee is $225 for members and $260 for nonmembers (which includes a one year family membership). There is a $15 non-refundable registration fee (included in the price). Membership fees are nonrefundable.
Where at the sanctuaries are the birthday parties held?
Woodend (Chevy Chase, MD): Birthday parties are held at the Edwin Way Teale Learning Center, the first building on the right when you come up the driveway. The Teale Center is our environmental education classroom.
Rust (Leesburg, VA): Birthday parties are held in the Discovery Room which is inside the main building.
Can I use balloons for decorations?
Balloons have a negative impact on wildlife and the environment and are not allowed at our Woodend and Rust Sanctuaries.
Can I visit the room where the birthday parties are held?
While the grounds to the Audubon Naturalist Society are open to the public from dawn to dusk, the Teale Center and adjacent playground (Chevy Chase, MD), and the Discovery Room (Leesburg, VA) are closed to the public. If you would like to view the Teale Center or the Discovery Room you can schedule an appointment with the Birthday Party Coordinator or pictures can be e-mailed to you.
What number do I call if I have questions?
Woodend (Chevy Chase, MD): 301-652-9188 x10
Rust (Leesburg, VA): 703-669-0000
I am ready to book a party in Chevy Chase, MD. What do I do?
If you would like to book a birthday party at our Chevy Chase, MD location, please register online using the link at the top of the page.
Need pizza for your party?
We recommend Manoli Canoli of Chevy Chase, a local Italian/Greek restaurant that will deliver to the Teale Center. Visit manolicanoli.com or call 301-951-1818 for more information; 10% off 5 or more pizzas. If you prefer pick-up, we recommend Whole Foods Market for pizzas, veggie and fruit platters, juices and cupcakes for dessert.
Teale Learning Center, Chevy Chase, MD