Programs for Girl Scout Troops

Brownies explore Kemper Center for Home Gardening Girl Scout Troops, including Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes can explore the wonders of nature at the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Shaw Nature Reserve and the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House.

Some programs are aligned with Girl Scout Journeys themes and badges. 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
Daisy Programs
Brownie Programs
Junior Programs
Cadette 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
  • 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.

 

DAISY PROGRAMS

Planting a plantClover's Petal
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Practice using resources wisely at the Garden! Take a tour of our grounds to learn about the interesting ways we preserve resources for future generations. Visit our fruit and vegetable gardens to find out what we do with our harvest. Scouts will make a fun craft out of recycled materials and pot a beneficial plant to take home. Meets the requirements for the Clover Petal.

Program length is 1½ hour. This program is available year-round.

Bee on cloverClover's Petal
At the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
For this program only: call the Butterfly House directly at (636) 530-0076 x 13 for more information or to register.
We will read Clover’s Story together and then practice using resources wisely. Learn about bees and why they are so important to our gardens, and then use recycled materials to make a home for pollinators for your own garden. We wrap up by learning how to be resourceful with common household items. What can be recycled? What can be reused? We will learn ways to be resourceful every day. Meets the requirements for the Clover Petal.

Program length is 1½ hour. This program is offered February–December on Saturdays and Sundays, during the following time slots: 10–11:30 a.m., 12:30–2 p.m., 2:30–4 p.m. 

Bee approaching flowerHoney Bees and You!
Journey: Between Earth and Sky
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Daisies will discover their connection to honey bees through the plants that they use and consume on a daily basis. We will discuss bee anatomy, how bees survive together in a hive, the colors they love and we will play bee games. Taste some honey and plant a flower perfect for a honey bee! Learn what steps we can take to protect the honey bee as they face the challenges of human growth. Girls will earn their Clover Award.

Program length is 1½ hour. This program is available March–November.

DaisyWelcome to the Daisy Flower Garden
Journey: It’s Your World—Change It!
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Scouts tour the garden looking for their Daisy Flower Friends and learn all about how flowers make the world a better place! Examine a worm composting bin and find out how worms will help their plants grow. View the beehive and discover how flowers and bees interact with one another. Girls earn their Watering Can Award as they plant and learn to care for their own mini-garden.

Program length is 1½ hour. This program is available March–November.

 

BROWNIE PROGRAMS

ButterflyBugs
At the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
For this program only: call the Butterfly House directly at (636) 530-0076 x 13 for more information or to register.
Learn the important roles insects and spiders play in our world. Explore their fascinating world with the help of several living insects and spiders. Girls will be given the opportunity for close study of the living animals, and we will walk through the Butterfly House to see our butterflies in flight. We will also complete crafts to learn about insect body parts, homes and behaviors. Meets all requirements for the Bugs badge.

Program length is 2 hours. This program is offered February–December on Saturdays and Sundays, during the following time slots: 10 a.m.–noon, 12:30–2:30 p.m., 2:30–4:30 p.m.

Girl HikingHiker
At Shaw Nature Reserve (available Saturdays only)
Learn what it takes to have a successful and safe hike. Girls will learn how to navigate trails, choose the correct hiking gear and what types of foods are good for hiking trips. They will then use their new found knowledge and take a hike! Meets all requirements for the Hiker badge.

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

Drum bridge in Japanese GardenJourney through the Japanese Garden
Journey: It’s Your World—Change It!
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Learn of healthy Japanese cuisine as you taste test a variety of foods! Practice the arts of haiku and brush painting. Learn healthy living practices practiced by people in Japan such as tai chi and gardening. Discuss how climate change will affect some of the oldest Japanese Gardens in the world. Meets some requirements for the Journey Connect Key.

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

Paintbrush with paintPainting
At Missouri Botanical Garden; at Shaw Nature Reserve Saturdays
Use a paintbrush to bring your imagination to life! Pick a spot to relax and paint a landscape. Discover how to paint your mood. Learn different ways to paint including using natural objects such as leaves, seeds and pine cones. Finally, create a mural depicting the work of the famous artist, Georgia O'Keefe! Meets all requirements for the Painting badge.

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

LeafSeeds & Leaves
Journeys: It’s Your Story—Tell It! A World of Girls
At Missouri Botanical Garden weekdays; at Shaw Nature Reserve Saturdays
Discover fun facts about trees and plants on a nature walk through the garden. Make a delicious snack of seeds and other plant parts. Collect leaves and seeds to use in a fun craft to take home. Learn about a famous botanist whose actions saved a forest. Meets requirements for the Change a Story Award.

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

Girl Smelling FlowerSenses
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Go on a scavenger hunt to discover the garden’s most fascinating attractions! Participate in fun activities at the fragrance and sensory gardens. Learn more about your taste buds as we sample explore some interesting tastes from our plants. Take time to enjoy the many sounds of the garden and create a nature feel wheel to take home! Meets all requirements for the Senses badge.

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

Water lilyWOW Wonders of Water
Journeys: It’s Your Planet—Love It! Wonders of Water
At Shaw Nature Reserve (Available Saturdays only)
Visit a pond ecosystem to collect and identify unique water organisms. Learn what these creatures can tell us about the health of a body of water. Have fun creating water-related crafts, explore the pond and hear the story of Ann "Mayfly" Haven Morgan and her adventures in studying insects and pond organisms. Learn why water is so important to us and what you can do to save this limited resource. Meets all requirements for the Journey Love Water Award.

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

 

JUNIOR PROGRAMS

FlowerFlowers
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Learn the wonders of a flower and uncover the science behind them as you plant your own mini flower garden. Be an ethnobotanist as you learn about the traditional and medicinal uses of flowers. Showcase your creativity by taking home dried flower art. Make an arrangement of paper flowers to demonstrate a mood. Meets all requirements for Flowers badge.

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

SpadeGardener
At Missouri Botanical Garden
What better location to earn your Gardener badge than at the Missouri Botanical Garden! 2015 has been declared the International Year of Soils by the U.N. We'll discuss how important healthy soil is for the vitality of your garden and have fun touring some of our most interesting gardens. Learn more about sustainable growing methods and different techniques you can use. Design your own garden based on what you learned! Conduct experiments to learn about growing conditions and plant a mini garden to take home. Meets all requirements for Gardener badge.

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

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

We will explore gardens from the tropical rainforest to Missouri native gardens. Learn the importance of healthy soil in celebration of the U.N. International Year of Soils. Then, we continue by learning about insects and other animals that play important roles in the garden community. Design your own garden based on what you learned by using the tools of a real landscape designer. We will also conduct experiments to learn about necessary growing conditions and plant a mini garden to take home. Meets all requirements for Gardener badge.

Program length is 2 hours. This program is offered February–December on Saturdays and Sundays, during the following time slots: 10 a.m.–noon, 12:30–2:30 p.m., 2:30–4:30 p.m.

Compact fluorescent bulbsGet Moving: Energized
Journeys: It’s Your Planet—Love It!
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Explore your carbon footprint. Investigate how energy is used in homes and schools and learn about how to reduce waste and use less in your daily routine. Have fun making jewelry from your old tee shirts! Design your own green home. Find out what the Garden is doing to be more sustainable in a tour of our green technology. Pot a plant that will improve the air quality in your home! Meets requirements for Investigate Award.

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

Tower Grove HouseThe Power of One: Famous Missouri Women
Journeys: It’s Your World—Change It! Agent of Change
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Learn about important women in Missouri history who were involved in science, including spelunker Luella Agnes Owen, entrepreneur C.J. Walker and the Garden’s historic financial manager Caroline Shaw. Get a unique tour of the Tower Grove house and visit the Climatron to learn more about how to use your “powers” to save our rainforests. Scouts will create their own collages in a special project to take home. Become a hero for pollinators as you take home wildflower seeds to plant! Meets requirements for Power of One Award.

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

 

New! CADETTE PROGRAMS

Trail through forestTrailblazing
At Shaw Nature Reserve (available Saturdays only)
Go on an adventure at Shaw Nature Reserve! Learn some new outdoor skills while exploring our trails. Discover what it takes to prepare for a hike, including making tasty snacks for your journey. Practice navigating the trails with a map and compass and identify important plants. Enjoy some fun outdoor games too! Meets all the requirements for the Trailblazing badge.

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

Basswood tree on Garden groundsTrees
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Get ready to know trees! Discover prized specimens on a tour of the grounds. Learn how to identify some Missouri trees and find out about their uses. Design your own tree house and create a pressed leaf journal to take home. Learn about the effects of logging, clear-cutting and deforestation and what you can do to help trees thrive for the benefit of future generations. Meets requirements 1–4 of the Trees badge.

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

American Heritage Girls

We now offer programming to American Heritage Girls! Bring your troop to the Garden or Shaw Nature Reserve, or we can come to you. Learn more