Programs for Cub Scout Packs & Dens

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.

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Missouri Botanical Garden
Signature Patch Programs

Scout Discovery Series
Tiger Programs
Wolf Programs
Bear Programs
Webelos Programs

 
Pricing:
  • $100 per program (including the MBG Signature Patch Program)
  • Maximum number of scouts: 20 (no siblings please, even if you have less than 20 scouts in your group)
  • 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.
  • These programs do not include any badges or awards.
Scheduling and Registration:
  • REGISTER ONLINE- view available group program dates and times here. You will be prompted to choose which program you would like to complete during the registration process.  
  • Programs are 2 hours in length, unless otherwise noted. 
  • Programs at the Shaw Nature Reserve are only conducted on Saturdays, unless otherwise noted.
  • Fall registration opens on July 15, 2015. Spring 2016 registration opens October 15, 2015. 
  • 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.
  • NOTE: Programs at the Butterfly House are offered as noted in their descriptions.
  • Siblings are not permitted—please make arrangements for them to enjoy the Garden or Nature Reserve while your program is taking place, and meet up with them at the conclusion of the program.
  • Programs must be scheduled 3 weeks in advance.
  • The program fee is due at registration by credit card only. 

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.

 

MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN SIGNATURE PATCH PROGRAM

MBG Signature Patches

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Scouts can earn their very own Missouri Botanical Garden patch with these brand new programs! Learn how the Garden changes with each season as you explore its top attractions and complete fun activities along the way. Snacks, crafts and plantings are included! Receive a different patch piece each season you participate in a program to complete your full Missouri Botanical Garden patch!

  • Spring (April, May): Explore the Garden for signs of new life! We’ll take a tour of the garden’s greenhouses and discover how our horticulturists keep our garden green. Experiment up close with seeds to learn the life cycle of a plant. Take home a vegetable plant to start in your garden! 
  • Summer (June–August): Visit the Kemper Center for a special opportunity to plant with some of our gardeners. Receive tips and strategies from the experts on how to grow your own food. Use your favorite flowers in a special craft. Visit our honey bees and taste test several different types of honey! This program is available Fridays from 1:30-3:30 only. 
  • Fall (September–November): Take a tour of the Tower Grove House during this season to learn about the Garden’s fascinating history. Be a witness to the changes of fall as our trees burst into color! Enjoy some hot apple cider and make your own terrarium to take home. 
  • Winter (December–March): As the weather gets chillier, we’ll head into the Conservatories to learn about how our staff takes care of these special specimens. Pot a plant fit for a winter windowsill garden.

These programs are available to Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Wolves, Bears and Webelos. The Daisy program is 1½ hours long; all others are 2 hours.

 
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
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 and is available from 10–11:30 a.m. or 1:30–3 p.m. This program is available year-round to scouts of all levels. This program has not been aligned with any scouting awards.

 

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.

Bee on plantTigers in the Wild
At Shaw Nature Reserve (only available Saturdays)
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. 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.

 

WOLF PROGRAMS

trailPaws on the Path
At Shaw Nature Reserve (only available Saturdays)
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! 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.

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.

 

BEAR PROGRAMS

WormsFur, Feathers and Ferns
At Missouri Botanical Garden; at Shaw Nature Reserve 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.

 

WEBELOS PROGRAMS

RockEarth Rocks!
At Shaw Nature Reserve (only available Saturdays)
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. 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.

Solar panels on roofEngineer
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Scouts will explore green home design and then design their own. Investigate how your homes are powered and participate in a fun demonstration to learn how electricity gets there. Discover the fascinating new technologies of renewable energy engineering and build a pizza box solar oven with your group! This program completes requirements 2–4 of the Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure Engineer. This program goes towards completing the Dr. Charles H. Townsend Supernova Award for Webelos and the "Swing" Nova Award for Webelos.

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

DragonflyInto the Wild
At Shaw Nature Reserve (only available Saturdays)
Learn what it takes to become a skilled Naturalist! We'll cover everything from large mammals to tiny plants and everything in between. Hike our forests and wetlands to discover Shaw Nature Reserve's abundance of wildlife. Afterwards, make a terrarium to take home! This program completes requirements 2 and 4–8 of the Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure Into the Wild. This program goes towards completing the Dr. Charles H. Townsend Supernova Award for Webelos.

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

ForestInto the Woods
At Missouri Botanical Garden; at Shaw Nature Reserve 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.

CricketNaturalist at the Butterfly House
At the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House (weekends year-round)
For this program only: call the Butterfly House directly at (636) 530-0076 x 13 for more information or to register.

Bugs are committing capers and these mysteries need solving by Scout investigators. In The Case of the Dismembered Cricket, Scouts will join a Butterfly House entomology detective to observe a "crime" scene, collect the clues and solve the case. Along the way, we will learn what insects really do for our world and the many ways we depend on them in our lives.

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

 

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