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.

Basic Information

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 50% of the total rental fee as a deposit to reserve the space.  An additional $100 fully-refundable security deposit must be provided at the time of booking. 

For a copy of the rental agreement click here: Fenner Nature Center Rental Agreement

Rental Fees

Lower Level

(up to 75 people)

$50 per hour

Group Campground*: $15 per hour

Group Campground* (Scout rate): $40 for 24 hours, $15 per hour for each additional hour

Maple Grove Pavillion

$75 per day

 (No restroom facilities at this location)

*Lessees must provide their own toiletries and firewood.  No cutting of firewood is allowed on the property.

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 HERE.

Can we serve alcohol?

Alcohol consumption is permitted only with a city permit and certificate of additionally insured for your event. All alcohol must be consumed inside of a building or building permitted tent structure and may not be out on the property at any time.  

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 info@mynaturecenter.org. 


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Fenner Nature Center

2020 East Mount Hope Avenue, Lansing, Michigan, 48910

Phone: 517-483-4224 | Email: info@mynaturecenter.org

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