Programs for Cub Scout Packs & Dens
at the Garden

Cub scouts in Japanese Garden

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 adventure or elective. 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

  • $125 per program 
  • Includes a visit for your group to the Children's Garden before your program (open April through October, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • 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. On Saturdays, they may explore our sites during the program with a chaperone and meet up with the group at its conclusion. Normal admission rates will apply. 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!
  • Winter registration as well as spring (March - May 2018)  is now open. Registration for summer (June-August) will open March 15, 2018. 
  • 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 times may be available upon request. 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 and the correct time of year. For example, "Trees" for Girl Scout Cadettes 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.



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. Learn all about Missouri's endangered species and create your own imaginary animal from clay. 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 (tree hugging included). 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