Facility and Campground Rental
Fenner Nature Center is a great place to host your next company retreat, church group meeting, graduation party, or any other get-together that needs a relaxing setting. We have our lower level available for rent inside the visitor center -- and a group campground outside with a shelter, fire ring, toilet, and running water.
Indoor facility rental fees include tables, chairs, and any needed A/V equipment that we have on site. All renters (including group camp) must sign a rental agreement and provide a deposit to reserve the space.
For a copy of the rental agreement click here: Fenner Nature Center Rental Agreement
Basement Classroom (up to 75 people): $50 per hour
Group Campground (Day Use): $5 per hour
Group Campground (Overnight Use): $1* per hour
*If you are planning to use the group campground overnight, the fee is $1/hour for your entire usage, not only for the time you use it at night.
Outdoor Rental FAQs (aka The Wedding Qs)
Can I reserve an area at Fenner for my wedding?
Fenner is a city park, so we can’t take reservations for private use of outdoor space that restrict other visitors’ access. However, you are welcome to hold small ceremonies throughout the property, as long as they are not detrimental to the environment.
If you plan to hold a ceremony here, please let us know
If I chose to hold my wedding on Fenner property, will I have access to all of Fenner Nature Center’s amenities?
If your wedding is during normal visitor center hours, you and your guests can access the building (washrooms, etc.) freely. If you plan to hold a ceremony outside of normal visitor center hours, we cannot provide access to the building’s restrooms unless you proceed with a facility rental.
Does Fenner offer rental equipment for outdoor use?
We do not provide rentals of chairs or tables for outdoor ceremonies. Building rentals include indoor use of tables/chairs.
Can I bring in and use my own equipment for outdoor ceremonies?
If you would like to bring in your own chairs, etc., please contact us ahead of time for pre-approval. (Certain environments on the property are too fragile to allow for chair placement for large groups of people). We request similar notification if you want to erect a tent. According to city guidelines, tents must be less than 120 sq. feet in size. Erecting any tent 120 sq. ft. or larger requires a building permit. Information on permits can be obtained through the city’s website at: http://www.lansingmi.gov/SpecialEvents/have_a_tent_or_temporary_structure.jsp
Can we serve alcohol?
Unsanctioned alcohol consumption is not permitted. However, alcohol is allowed on a pre-approved basis inside the visitor center building, but not in the outdoor area. Sale of alcohol is not permitted without a city permit.
What other outdoor options are there?
Visitors are welcome to enjoy Fenner’s grounds during park hours. There are various picnic tables, benches, and shelters throughout the property for everyone’s use. The only other outdoor rental option is the Group Camp Site. Amenities include a separate gated entrance and parking, a small pavilion, access to water, and use of a pit toilet.
For additional questions, to book a building or Group Camp rental, or to discuss areas of the property best-suited to different purposes such as holding nuptials, please contact us directly at 517-483-4224 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.