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Weddings, Meetings & Event Rentals

(253) 404-3930 •

The Tacoma Nature Center, nestled in a 71-acre wooded nature preserve, overlooks a serpentine-shaped lake and offers a peaceful setting for your retreat or special event.

The Center's gathering room has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the wooded lakeside setting and offers banquet and reception accommodations for up to 80 people.

  • The Tacoma Nature Center auditorium is one of the most unique facilities available
  • Its southern wall of windows slide open to reveal the beauty of the nature preserve


Bride & Grooms View Outside Nature CenterDESCRIPTION OF SERVICES AND FACILITY:

  • Capacity: 65 seated at round tables, 80 standing
  • Available furnishings include: 75 chairs, eight 5-foot diameter round tables and eight 6-foot-by 30" rectangular tables (Note that there is not space for all tables at once)
  • Parking: Free parking for up to 50 cars on a non-reserved basis
  • Clean-up: renter responsible for cleaning 
  • Fully disabled-accessible
  • Decorations: masking tape only, no pins; decorating time included in rental time
  • Small kitchenette - no on-site cooking
  • Outside caterers allowed
  • Liquor allowed with permit ; District bartender regulations apply (see below)
  • Large built-in automated screen for slide and video projection - no charge
  • Sound equipment* available with advanced reservation ONLY. Includes a wired microphone at the front of the room and a multiple-disc CD player with built-in surround sound. A portable bluetooth compatible speaker suitable for use with iPod type devices is also available.
  • Digital projector* with portable speakers available with advanced reservation ONLY. The projector does NOT connect to the surround sound speakers.
  • Hard-wired internet access (cable provided) and/or wireless access for up to 50 devices is available at no charge. Password posted in room.

*Please note that there is no guarantee that our equipment will work with your devices. If sound or projection is vital to your event, please bring all of your own equipment or plan to test ours in advance with your device(s). There is no A/V technician on site to support rentals.

Scenic outdoor area available for weddings. Staff person on-site during event.

Wedding Reception Cake TableAVAILABILITY AND TERMS:

  • The Center accommodates up to 80 people with a two-hour minimum rental time
  • A 2-hour, non-refundable deposit is required to secure reservation. The balance is due 30 days after the initial reservation
  • Refundable damage deposit is also required for social functions and business functions with food or drink involved
  • The damage deposit and all finalized fees (added time, etc.) are due 2 weeks prior to the event
  • Please read the alcohol guidelines below if any alcohol will be served.
  • Debit or credit required for payment; no cash or checks accepted.
  • Cancellation/changes to reservation: the 2-hour deposit is always non-refundable. The balance of the rental fees is refundable on the following schedule: cancellation 61 days or more before reservation date - full refund of non-deposit fees; cancellation 30-60 days before reservation date - 50% of balance; cancellation less than 30 days before reservation date - no refund.

Call the Nature Center at (253) 404-3930 Monday-Saturday to arrange a tour or make your reservations.


  • $75 per hour during the Nature Center's regular business hours
  • $150 per hour after regular Nature Center hours
  • To reserve a date, a 2-hour non-refundable deposit is required
  • $100 refundable damage deposit required when food or drink present
  • Please note that due to Nature Center programming, there are very few available dates for daytime rentals during the summer and during the school year, Mondays and Thursdays daytimes are usually booked. Please feel free to call and check on available dates before you finalize your planning.


  • $150 per hour 
  • Minimum rental 2 hours (4 hours on Sundays) 
  • To reserve a date, a 2-hour non-refundable deposit is required
  • $350 refundable damage deposit required

Additional smaller rooms may be available downstairs in conjunction with your rental - please inquire about availability and rates. The downstairs rooms are NOT available to rent on their own.


The on-site picnic shelter is also available for rental. It seats 50-80 people including 4 wheelchair accessible spots. The shelter is a shade shelter only and is not waterproof.

There are no barbecues allowed and there is no electricity or running water in the shelter.  It is open to the public except when reserved.

Fee is $75 per hour. Minimum of 1 hour, but additional 1/2 hour increments are acceptable. Sunday shelter reservations are a minimum of 4 hours.

Reserve a Discovery Pond Birthday Party Package and you will receive 2.5 hours reserved in the picnic shelter and 1 hour of exclusive use of Discovery Pond for only $200.

For information on renting this facility contact: or (253) 404-3930

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