Programs for Cub Scout Packs & Dens
Winter Special:

We’re offering a discount on our group programs that are scheduled to occur weekdays (Tuesday–Friday) during the months of January and February. Instead of $100 per troop/pack/den, the fee will be $75.


Cub scouts making bird feeders

We offer a variety of fun, nature-inspired programs for Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos. Scout packs and dens can explore the natural wonders of the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Shaw Nature Reserve in all seasons.

Some programs are aligned with scout badges and meet the necessary requirements for each badge. Others explore nature and STEM concepts without resulting in an award. See each program's description for details.

Discover and learn with us! Jump to:

Scout Discovery Series
Tiger Programs
Wolf Programs
Bear Programs
Webelos Programs

 
Missouri Botanical Garden patch
Shaw Nature Reserve patch
Pricing:
  • $100 per program
  • Maximum number of scouts: 20 (No siblings please, even if you have less than 20 scouts in your group. These program are designed for one on one interactions in order to provide the best experience for your scouts. They may explore during the program and meet up with the group at its conclusion. Thank you for your understanding!)
  • Maximum number of chaperones: 10
  • Number of required chaperones:
    • Grades PK–3: 1 adult per 5 scouts
    • Grades 4–12: 1 adult per 8 scouts
  • We encourage small troops/dens to contact other scout groups within their area to schedule a program together.
  • Each participating scout will receive a one-of-a-kind Missouri Botanical Garden or Shaw Nature Reserve patch!
Scheduling:
  • Programs are 2 hours in length, unless otherwise noted. 
  • Programs at the Shaw Nature Reserve are only conducted on Saturdays, unless otherwise noted. If you wish to schedule a program there during the week, please contact the Scout Instructor directly to check on availability.
  • Fall 2016 (September–December) registration is now open. Spring 2017 registration (January–May) opens November 2, 2016.
  • Programs are scheduled for the following time slots:
    • Spring (March–May) and Fall (September–November):
      Wednesday–Friday 4:30–6:30 p.m.
      Saturdays 10 a.m.–noon or 1:30–3:30 p.m. 
    • Summer (June–August) and Winter (December–February):
      Tuesday–Friday 4:30–6:30 p.m.
      Saturdays 10 a.m.–noon or 1:30–3:30 p.m.
  • Early school release dates may be available upon request. We also may be able to schedule your program earlier or later than these start times above. Please let us know how we can accommodate your group by calling the Scout Instructor at (314) 577-9473 x 6357 or at scoutprograms@mobot.org.
  • NOTE: Programs at the Butterfly House are offered as noted in their descriptions.

Registration:
  1. Click the “Register Online” link below.
  2. Choose your date, time and program location.
  3. Fill out the online registration form and write in which program you’d like to complete with us.
  4. Pay online by credit card.
  5. You will receive an email confirmation from the Scout Instructor within 3–5 business days. Your program is not confirmed until you receive this email. If you don't receive a confirmation, please contact the Scout Instructor at scoutprograms@mobot.org

REGISTER ONLINE—You will be able to view available dates, times and locations for group programs here. You will be prompted to type in which program you would like to complete during the registration process. Note: All 2016 program slots are now full.

  • Programs must be scheduled 3 weeks in advance.
  • The program fee is due at registration by credit card only. 
  • Before you register, please check with your troop that they are available on the chosen date and location. Programs which are rescheduled by the troop leader less than 30 days from the date of the intended program are subject to a $25 rescheduling fee.

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you need additional assistance contact the Scout Programs Instructor at scoutprograms@mobot.org or
(314) 577-9473 x 6357.

 

SCOUT DISCOVERY SERIES

These unique, new scout group programs have been designed to offer more nature and STEM-based programming to scouts interested in learning more about the outdoors. These programs have not been aligned with any scouting awards, yet offer opportunity for discovery and exploration!



Tropical plants in ClimatronRainforest Trek
At Missouri Botanical Garden (AVAILABLE SATURDAYS ONLY)
Soar through the levels of the rainforest! Visit the Climatron and discover every day products come from these special places. Sample delicious fruits and exotic spices from the plants that grow there. Learn about deforestation and what you can do to help save the rainforests for future generations. Plant a tropical house plant to take home!

Program length is 1½ hours. This program has not been aligned with any scouting awards.

Choose a Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) date/time slot and register

 

TIGER PROGRAMS

BirdBackyard Jungle Adventure
AT MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
Come explore our brilliant Garden, right in St. Louis' backyard! We’ll get out our magnifying glasses to look for creepy crawlies and other fascinating living things that call the Garden home. Learn more about the birds that live in your backyard and build them a house to live in. Plant a flower to take home that will make your backyard the place to be for your neighborhood’s creatures! This program completes all requirements for the Tiger Adventure Backyard Jungle.

Program length is 1.5 hours. This program is available year-round.

Choose a Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) date/time slot and register

Bee on plantTigers in the Wild
AT SHAW NATURE RESERVE (AVAILABLE SATURDAYS ONLY)
Discover Shaw Nature Reserve’s forests, glades and bluffs on a hiking adventure! Scouts will learn all about how to prepare for a hike, including how to choose and make a tasty snack to take along. We'll discover new plants and animals, play games and learn how to be a responsible hiker. In January and February, part of this program is conducted inside and includes hot chocolate! This program completes requirements 1–4 of the Tiger Adventure Tigers in the Wild.

Program length is 1.5 hours. This program is available year-round.

Choose a Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) date/time slot and register

 

WOLF PROGRAMS

trailPaws on the Path
AT SHAW NATURE RESERVE (AVAILABLE SATURDAYS ONLY)
Meet Shaw Nature Reserve’s forests, glades and bluffs on a hiking adventure! Scouts will learn all about how to prepare for a hike, including how to choose and make a tasty snack to take along. We’ll travel along the Meramec River looking for stream creatures and learn how to identify native Missouri plants and animals. Discover which plants you can eat in the wild too! In January and February, part of this program is conducted inside and includes hot chocolate! This program completes requirements 1–7 of the Wolf Adventure Paws on the Path.

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available year-round.

Choose a Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) date/time slot and register

Venus flytrapGrow Something
AT MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
Discover the wild world of plants! Take a special tour through our conservatories to learn about the dangerous ones, the ones that can move, and about the ones that defend themselves! Scouts will also learn how to plan their own garden, and will create their own terrarium to start their gardening journey. This program meets all the requirements for the Wolf Elective Adventure Grow Something. This program goes towards completing the "Science Everywhere" Nova Award for Cub Scouts.

Program length is 1.5 hours. This program is available year-round.

Choose a Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) date/time slot and register

 

BEAR PROGRAMS

WormsFur, Feathers and Ferns
AT MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN; AT SHAW NATURE RESERVE ON SATURDAYS
Take a scientific discovery walk with us! We'll employ methods used by Naturalists to search for the animals that inhabit our beautiful sites. Visit the Climatron to observe our unique tropical birds. Search for wiggly worms in our vermicompost bin and plant a veggie to take home! This program meets all the requirements for the Bear Adventure Fur, Feathers and Ferns.

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available year-round.

Choose a date/time slot at Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) or at Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) and register

 

WEBELOS PROGRAMS

RockEarth Rocks!
AT SHAW NATURE RESERVE (AVAILABLE SATURDAYS ONLY)
Head for the river! Visit a dry riverbed to collect and learn about important geologic specimens that we use every day. We will conduct various tests to look for Missouri minerals. Hike to an overlook in the foothills of the Ozarks to learn how they were formed and about the fossils that were left behind. In January and February, part of this program is conducted inside and includes hot chocolate! This program completes all requirements for the AOL/Webelos Elective Adventure Earth Rocks! This program goes towards completing the "Science Everywhere" Nova Award for Cub Scouts.

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available year round.

Choose a Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) date/time slot and register

ForestInto the Woods
AT MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN; AT SHAW NATURE RESERVE ON SATURDAYS
Our Garden contains almost 5,000 trees! Discover how to identify Missouri's native trees as well as plants. Use this skill on a hike to find wild edibles. Scouts will also examine tree cookies and learn the science behind dendrochronology, the study of growth rings in trees. Visit the Climatron to learn about the importance of some of our exotic trees as well! This program completes requirements 1–4, 6 and 7 of the AOL/Webelos Elective Adventure Into the Woods. This program goes towards completing the Dr. Charles H. Townsend Supernova Award for Webelos.

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available May–October.

Choose a Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) or Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) date/time slot and register

CricketInto the Wild at the Butterfly House
AT THE SOPHIA M. SACHS BUTTERFLY HOUSE
For this program only: call the Butterfly House directly at (636) 530-0076 x 13 for more information or to register.
Join our naturalists to learn about insects, and all the other animals and plants they interact with. Walk our native garden and Tropical Conservatory to discover an amazing variety of living things. Scouts will meet several living animals, learn about aquatic ecosystems, and each scout will receive an insect zoo to take home! This program completes requirements 1 and 5–9 of the Webelos/AOL Elective Into the Wild. This program goes towards completing the Dr. Charles H. Townsend Supernova award for Webelo scouts. 

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available April–October on Saturdays and Sundays during the following time slots: 10 a.m.–noon, noon–2 p.m., 2–4 p.m.

Call the Butterfly House at (636) 530-0076 x 13 to register for this program.

 


Save the Date!
Scout Night at the Garden
April 14, 2017, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Bring your scouts to the Garden after hours! We'll have activities throughout the Garden and the Children's Garden will be open for play. Details coming this spring.



Scout Overnights

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to explore the Garden grounds at night while you work towards a badge! Meet other scout groups! Spend a night sleeping under the stars! Learn more