Programs for Cub Scout Packs & Dens
at Shaw Nature Reserve

Cub scouts on gravelbar at SNR

We offer fun, nature-inspired programs for Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos. Cub scout packs and dens can explore the natural wonders of the Shaw Nature Reserve in all seasons.

Some programs are aligned with scout badges and meet the necessary requirements for each badge.  See each program's description for details.

Discover and learn with us!

Shaw Nature Reserve patch
Pricing:
  • $100 per program (weekday group programs in August 2017 and January–February 2018 at Shaw Nature Reserve are discounted to $75!)
  • 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 Shaw Nature Reserve patch!
Scheduling:
  • Summer, Fall and Winter registration (June 2017–February 2018) is now open. Spring 2018 registration (March– May 2018) will open November 1.
  • 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 76357 or at scoutprograms@mobot.org.

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. 

  • 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 76357.

 

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! Each program is made appropriate for Girl Scout Daisies through Cadettes and Cub Scout Tigers through Webelos.



Girl with potpourriEco Gifts
At Shaw Nature Reserve
Give the gift of green! Learn why it’s important to reuse and how to create unique gifts from used materials. Scouts will be shown examples of popular recycled gifts and spend most of the program making at least 3–5 creative crafts to take home and give to loved ones! This program takes place indoors. Lots of hot chocolate included!

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available December–February. This program has not been aligned with any scouting awards.

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

SmokestackHoliday for the Animals
At Shaw Nature Reserve
Join us in front of a warm fire with some hot chocolate to learn about winter animal adaptations and feeding behaviors. Afterwards we'll make treats for Shaw Nature Reserve's animals to hang along the surrounding trails. We'll take a short night hike to search for animal tracks and other signs of winter activity, too.

Program length is 1.5 hours. This program is available December–February. This program has not been aligned with any scouting awards.

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

 

TIGER PROGRAMS

Bee on plantTigers in the Wild Adventure
AT SHAW NATURE RESERVE
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, 6 and 7 of the Tigers in the Wild Adventure.

Program length is 1.5 hours. This program is available January–November.

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

 

WOLF PROGRAMS

trailPaws on the Path
AT SHAW NATURE RESERVE
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 1–6 of the Wolf Adventure Paws on the Path.

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

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

 

WEBELOS PROGRAMS

RockEarth Rocks!
AT SHAW NATURE RESERVE
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 January–November.

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

ForestInto the Woods
AT SHAW NATURE RESERVE
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. This program completes requirements all 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 Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) date/time slot and register

 

Scout Overnights

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