Programs for Cub Scout Packs & Dens
at the Garden

Cub scouts in Japanese Garden

Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos can explore the natural wonders of the Missouri Botanical Garden in all seasons with a variety of fun, nature-inspired programs.

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!

Missouri Botanical Garden patch

  • $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 patch!

*** NOTE ***
NO Cub Scout Pack and Den programs will be held at the Missouri Botanical Garden July–September 2017 and December 2017–February 2018. Consider scheduling a program at Shaw Nature Reserve or the Butterfly House during these times. 

  • Fall and winter registration (Nov 2017–February 2018) as well as spring (March - May 2018)  is now open.
  • 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 and student day-off dates may be available upon request. We also may be able to schedule your program earlier or later than these start times above. We also may able to schedule a Shaw Nature Reserve program at earlier times during the week. Please let us know how we can accommodate your group by calling the Scout Instructor at (314) 577-9473 x 76357 or at

  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. Choose whatever program you like, as long as it fits the location. For example, "Wonders of Water" is only done at Shaw Nature Reserve, so be sure to choose a program slot that says "at SNR" in the title.
  4. Pay online by credit card. Your card is charged at the time of registration.
  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

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 or (314) 577-9473 x 76357.



BirdMy Tiger Jungle Adventure
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 make them a fun nest ball to help them build their homes. 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 March-June and October-November.

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



Venus flytrapGrow Something
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 March-June and October-November.

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



WormsFur, Feathers and Ferns
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 March-June and October-November.

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



ForestInto the Woods
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 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-June and October.

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