Programs for Cub Scout Packs & Dens

Cub scouts making bird feeders

We offer a variety of fun, nature-inspired programs for 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.

New Cub Scout Group Programming Available June 1, 2015!

Tigers: 
“Backyard Jungle” Adventure at Missouri Botanical Garden
“Tigers in the Wild” Adventure at Shaw Nature Reserve

Wolves:
“Paws on the Path” Adventure at Shaw Nature Reserve
“Grow Something” Elective at Missouri Botanical Garden

Bears:
“Fur, Feathers and Ferns” Adventure at Missouri Botanical Garden or Shaw Nature Reserve

Webelos and Arrow of Light:
“Webelos Walkabout” Adventure at Shaw Nature Reserve
“Earth Rocks” Elective at Shaw Nature Reserve
“Engineer” Elective at Missouri Botanical Garden
“Into the Wild” Elective at Shaw Nature Reserve
“Into the Woods” Elective at Missouri Botanical Garden or Shaw Nature Reserve

Program descriptions with exact requirements fulfilled during each program will be available soon!

Discover and learn with us! Jump to:

Missouri Botanical Garden
Signature Patch Programs

Scout Discovery Series
Wolf Programs
Bear Programs
Webelos Programs

Cub Scout World Conservation Award:
Some of our classes count towards requirements for the Cub Scout World Conservation Award (requirements vary by level). These classes (Birds, Weather, Sharing Your World with WildlifeWater & Soil Conservation, Forester and Naturalist) are marked with an asterisk (*).

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
  • Programs are 2 hours in length, unless otherwise noted. 
  • Programs at the Shaw Nature Reserve are only offered on Saturdays, unless otherwise noted.
  • 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. 

2015 Registration: Saturday slots for Missouri Botanical Garden and Shaw Nature Reserve programs are full through June. Please consider signing up your group for a weekday slot Wednesday through Friday from 4:30–6:30 p.m. at the Missouri Botanical Garden, or sign up for a badge workshop! Early release day programs may still be available upon request.  Many summer weekdays are available as well. 

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

Collect all four!

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.

 

WOLF PROGRAMS

ChickadeeBirds *
At Missouri Botanical Garden weekdays; at Shaw Nature Reserve Saturdays
Go on a bird hunt! Scouts will discover ten different birds as they search for them with binoculars and put out nesting material for those they find. Scouts will also make a bird feeder out of recycled materials to take home to their backyard friends. Help the birds by participating in a great citizen science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology! Each scout will be asked to bring a used item from home to build a feeder. This program completes requirements a, b, d and e towards Wolf Arrowpoint Trail Elective 13: Birds.

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

SmokestackYour Living World
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Green your world! Learn about forms of pollution and hear stories about how the staff at the Missouri Botanical Garden is working to protect and preserve our natural resources. Participate in a short cleanup around the Garden, an exciting recycling relay and a fun demonstration to observe how waterways can become polluted. Learn how to save energy at home and protect our only world. This program completes all the requirements for Wolf Achievement 7: Your Living World.

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

 

BEAR PROGRAMS

Paint and brushArt
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Create various works of art from recycled materials. Visit the Spink Gallery to discuss ways that art comes to life. Learn about artists who paint the natural world and venture outside where the Garden will be your inspiration for your own paintings, mosaics and sculptures! This program completes all the requirements for Bear Arrowpoint Trail Elective 9: Art.

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

Bird at bird feederSharing Your World with Wildlife *
At Shaw Nature Reserve (only available Saturdays)
Discover the beauty of Shaw Nature Reserve on a nature hike through our upland and bottomland forests along the Meramec River. Discuss what it means for an animal to be threatened or endangered, and learn about a recently extinct bird from our area. Hear about the role of a wildlife conservation officer and how you can help wildlife today. Start by building a bird feeder to take home and share with your backyard friends! This program completes requirements b, c, d and e towards the Bear Trail Achievement 5: Sharing Your World with Wildlife.

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

GarbageTake Care of Your Planet
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Tour the Garden to learn how we are preserving our natural resources and participate in a fun recycling relay. You’ll learn what happens to your trash when it is hauled away and about the benefits of reusing. Use some recycled materials to make a planter to take home—maybe even from an old shoe! Participate in a fun activity to learn how energy gets to your home. Investigate ways that water and energy are wasted, and what you can do to become more responsible for your environment! This program completes requirements c, d and f towards the Bear Trail Achievement 6: Your Living World.

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

Prairie grassesWater & Soil Conservation *
At Shaw Nature Reserve (only available Saturdays)
The U.N. has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils, so let's start digging! Embark on a journey as you learn about the fascinating world below our feet. Dig up some soil and conduct fun experiments to make new discoveries about the millions of organisms that live there. Walk the prairie to learn about grasses that help prevent erosion, what happens after a wildfire and more. Help us keep the Reserve safe for all by assisting with a short clean up in our wetlands! This program completes all the requirements for the Bear Arrowpoint Trail Elective 15: Water and Soil Conservation.

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available March–November.

CloudsWeather *
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Weather can be mysterious and exciting! Learn about cloud formations and other types of weather including hurricanes and tornadoes. Hear about basic weather instruments and how they are used, then make and test them! Construct a weather vane, barometer and a rain gauge of your very own. Learn about why understanding weather is important and what it means for the living world. Visit the Garden's very own weather station too! This program completes all the requirements for Wolf Arrowpoint Trail Elective 2: Weather.

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

 

WEBELOS PROGRAMS

Note: All Webelos programs count toward the Supernova Award.


Solar panels on roofEngineer
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Learn what it takes to be a skilled engineer! 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.  Use your new found knowledge to build your own catapult and learn how to use a simple machine in a fun and friendly competition! This program completes requirements 1, 2, 5, 8 and 9 towards the Webelos Engineer Activity Badge.

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

ForestForester *
At Missouri Botanical Garden weekdays; at Shaw Nature Reserve Saturdays
Learn about the important work of a Forester. Discover how to identify native plants and trees and use this skill on a hike to find wild edibles. We will also discuss the effects of forest fires. Draw and learn about tree cookies and the science behind dendrochronology. Play a game to discover how trees survive in a forest! Program length is 2 hours. This program completes requirements 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9 towards the Webelos Forester Activity Badge.

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

GeologyGeologist
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. Program length is 2 hours. This program completes requirements 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7 towards the Webelos Geologist Activity Badge.

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

DragonflyNaturalist *
At Shaw Nature Reserve (only available Saturdays)
(If you like insects, earn this badge at the Butterfly House. See below.)

Visit Shaw Nature Reserve to learn about a special bird that lives nowhere else in the U.S. other than Saint Louis! Go on a bird hunt to discover other species only found in the Midwest. Learn about the importance of flyways and about the birds that use our Mississippi flyway. Become skilled at identifying one the county’s most poisonous plants and discover the venomous reptiles that are native to Missouri. Finish the program by reflecting and sketching in your new nature journal. Programs scheduled in the spring and summer months will explore wetland ecology! Program length is 2 hours. This program completes requirements 1, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10 towards the Webelos Naturalist Activity Badge.

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

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