Visit a local park and observe the wildlife or visit a nearby petting farm or petting zoo. Many parks have visitor centers with displays and rangers who can provide a special tour.
Make invitations in the shape of a tree or bird. Include leaf prints or animal foot prints and drawings or photos of favorite wild animals. Ask guests to wear appropriate shoes and clothes for walking/hiking.
Decorate with yellow, orange & green balloons, large rocks, leaves and pine cones, and plastic or stuffed toy animals.
Games & Activities
Have a nature walk and scavenger hunt (feather, gray rock, forked twig, etc.). Play duck, duck, goose, fishing games and pin the tail on the raccoon, squirrel or deer.
Arts & Crafts
Make animal masks, modeling clay animals and leaf prints.
Serve peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, baby carrots with dip, apple slices, trail mix (nuts, raisins, pretzels, m&ms) or critter crunch. Decorate cupcakes with animal-shaped cookies and sprinkles on top or make caterpillar cupcakes or worm cupcakes.
Fill favor bags with plastic animals (snakes and bugs), animal crackers , blowing bubbles, animal stencils and stickers.