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Join the Friends of The Tacoma Nature Center in 2019 and you can participate in all of the wonderful members-only events we have scheduled as part of our 40th Anniversary Celebration! Check out the events below and all of our 40th Anniversary details  here.

Membership applications are accepted in person at the Nature Center during regular business hours, or call (253) 404-3930 to process your membership using a debit or credit card. You may also print this  form and send to the Nature Center with your check for payment.

All memberships are good for one year from month of purchase.

BASIC MEMBERSHIPS

  • Individual Membership $20
    1 named adult
  • Household Membership $35
    2 named adults and dependent children through age 18
  • Grandparent Membership $30
    2 named adults in the same household and up to 6 grandchildren through age 18

All basic membership categories include the following benefits:

  • Contribute to the support of the educational programming of The Tacoma Nature Center
  • 10% or more off all eligible programs, including summer camps (excludes partner programs and preschool tuition)
  • Early registration for summer camps and other sell-out programs
  • Subscription to the Nature Center's electronic newsletter; Nature Notes
  • 10% off in the Nature Center gift shop (excludes all plants)
  • Invitations to members-only events

DELUXE MEMBERSHIPS

  • Education Membership $150
    All public and private educational institutions eligible. Gift shop discount only available for educational items purchased by teachers. Program discounts not available for this category.
  • Corporate Membership $500
    Open to all businesses. Marketing opportunities available.

Deluxe membership categories include all of the above benefits, plus:

  • One free Discovery Pond Party Package per year (date dependent upon availability and subject to a maximum capacity)
     
 MEMBERS-ONLY EVENTS

The Tacoma Nature Center is exremely grateful for the support we receive from our members and we want to show our appreciation during this anniversary year with some special events. Space is limited to the number of participants listed for each event. Please pre-register for all events at the reception desk or by calling 253-404-3930.

Nature Center FrogFEBRUARY: TOP 40 1970s DANCE PARTY
February 8, 2019   6:00-8:00pm
Members of all ages are invited to party with us as we roll out the top 40 music hits from the 1970s featuring the top 10 from 1979 when the Nature Center was established. Come to this family-friendly event dressed in your favorite 1970s fashion or your favorite "modern" dance clothes. Popcorn and punch provided.
Limited to the first 40 people who register.

Nature Center FrogMARCH: MOVIE NIGHT FEATURING THE MUPPET MOVIE
March 8, 2019   6:00-8:00pm
Members of all ages are invited to watch one of the best movies of 1979, The Muppet Movie. This G rated movie is the origin story for the Kermit the Frog and the rest of the crew and lasts 96 minutes. Read Roger Ebert's review of the movie here. Come to this family-friendly event with your favorite stuffie and dressed in your pjs if you like. Popcorn and punch provided.
Limited to the first 40 people who register.

Nature Center FrogAPRIL: FROG FEST*
April 6, 2019   1:00-3:00pm
Drop in during this froggy-themed event to participate in activities, create a craft to take home, and go on a hike to look for amphibian egg masses in the lake. Please note that you should plan on coming early if you want to experience all of the available activities. Refreshments will be available to purchase during the event.
Limited to the first 60 people who register.
*This event is also open to the public for a small fee so don't delay in signing up.

Nature Center FrogMAY: CRAFTY CRITTERS*
May 11, 2019   1:00-3:00pm
How crafty are you? Enjoy an afternoon of fun nature crafts with your family. Please note that the crafts are for the kids, but we need adults to stay in case the children need assistance. Not all the craft projects will be suited for very young children. Refreshments will be available to purchase during the event.
Limited to the first 50 people who register.
*This event is also open to the public for a small fee so don't delay in signing up.

Nature Center FrogJUNE: NATURE PHOTO BOOTH
June 15, 2019   1:00-3:00pm
Visit the Tacoma Nature Center Schoolyard anytime between 1:00 and 3:00pm to get some great pictures of your family in the park all dressed up in animal costumes and more. Costumes, silly props and a cool nature photo frame will be available for you to use. Bring your own camera or phone for your pictures and we can even snap a few so the whole group can be pictured. If you do not have a good camera, we can use our digital camera to take pictures if you bring your own sd card.
No limit, but please register to help us prepare.

Nature Center FrogJULY: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE ANIMALS
July 18, 2019   5:00-6:30pm
Did you ever wonder what it is like to care for reptiles and amphibians? Join us for this special behind-the-scenes experience. An experienced animal care staff member will walk you through our exhibit area and share some information about each animal and how we care for it. Questions are welcome! Plus there will be several animals that you can get up-close to and watch as they are fed their favorite snack.
Limited to the first 20 people who register.

Nature Center FrogAUGUST: STARRY NIGHT
Date and time TBA
We will be offering a night under the stars to view the stars and planets with binoculars and telescopes. There will even be some storytelling and other special activities! Stay tuned for more details.

Nature Center FrogSEPTEMBER: MOVIE NIGHT FEATURING PLANET EARTH
September 20, 2019   6:00-8:00pm
Members of all ages are invited to celebrate the Snake Lake habitat and watch one of the best segments of the 2006 Planet Earth series: Fresh Water, Come to this family-friendly event with your favorite stuffie and dressed in your pjs if you like. Popcorn and punch provided.
Limited to the first 40 people who register.

Nature Center FrogOCTOBER: PUMPKIN CARVING
October 19, 2019   1:00-3:00pm
Member families are invited to come use our space and equipment to carve a holiday pumpkin. Get inspired by the special pumpkins which will be showcased on a revolving slide show and post your creation on the Tacoma Nature Center facebook page to show it off! One pumpkin per family will be provided. Feel free to bring any additional pumpkins you would like to carve with you.
Limited to the first 30 people who register.