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
 
Missouri Botanical Garden patch
Shaw Nature Reserve patch
Pricing:
  • $100 per 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.
  • Each participating scout will receive a one-of-a-kind Missouri Botanical Garden or Shaw Nature Reserve patch!
Scheduling:
  • Programs are 2 hours in length, unless otherwise noted. 
  • Programs at the Shaw Nature Reserve are only conducted on Saturdays, unless otherwise noted. We may be able to schedule programs there on weekdays in the summer months (June–August) upon request. Please contact the Scout Instructor for inquiries.
  • Fall 2016 (September–December) registration is now open. Spring 2017 registration (January–May) opens November 2, 2016.
  • 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 6357 or at scoutprograms@mobot.org.
  • 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.

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(Note: All Fall 2016 Saturday program slots at Shaw Nature Reserve are now full.) 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. Fall (September–December) registration opens July 19, 2016. Spring 2017 registration (January–May) opens November 2, 2016.

  • 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 6357.

 

MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN SIGNATURE PATCH PROGRAM

MBG Signature Patches

Collect all four!

Scouts can earn their very own Missouri Botanical Garden season patches with these 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 p.m. only. Please contact the Scout Instructor directly to schedule this program at (314) 577-9473 x 6357 or scoutprograms@mobot.org.
  • 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. This program is not available October 25 or 27.
  • 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.

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

 
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.

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

 

DAISY PROGRAMS

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. 

Call the Butterfly House at (636) 530-0076 x 13 to register for this program.

Bee approaching flowerHoney Bees and You!
Journey: It's Your World- Change it!
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 Golden Honey Bee Award as they learn the importance of plants in the insect world. 

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

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

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 fairy garden!

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

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

Kids and adults investigating the creekCreek Explorer
Journey: Between Earth and Sky
At Shaw Nature Reserve
Go on a nature adventure with us! Put on your water shoes, grab a net and come see what lives in Brush Creek. We’ll discuss the plants and animals that call the creek home. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Please also plan for a ¾ mile hike (round trip). Scouts will earn their Clover Award as we discuss how to protect these wild and wonderful places.

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available June–August.

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

 

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.

Call the Butterfly House at (636) 530-0076 x 13 to register for this program.

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.

Saturdays at SNR are now full through December 2016. Please check back for availability during Spring 2017 registration.

Paintbrush with paintPainting
At Missouri Botanical Garden
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.

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

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 exploring the life surrounding 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.

Saturdays at SNR are now full through December 2016. Please check back for availability during spring 2017 registration.

 

JUNIOR PROGRAMS

FlowerFlowers
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Learn the wonders of a flower and uncover the science behind them by dissecting them. Be an ethnobotanist as you learn about the traditional and medicinal uses of flowers. Create a meaningful flower bouquet to take home. Plant a flower fit for your medicinal garden! Meets all requirements for Flowers badge.

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

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

SpadeGardener
At Missouri Botanical Garden
What better location to earn your Gardener badge than at the Missouri Botanical Garden! Tour the Garden on a fun-filled photo scavenger hunt and discover our unique International gardens. Learn more about sustainable growing methods and different techniques you can use at home. 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.

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

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. 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.

Call the Butterfly House at (636) 530-0076 x 13 to register for this program.

Moth caterpillarsAnimal Habitat
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.
Join the biologists at the Butterfly House as we investigate animal habitats and learn where different kinds on animals live on our planet. Then we will take a nature walk to learn about wild animals, and we will learn about the endangered habitat of the North American Monarch butterfly. We will end back in our classroom, where each girl can make a nest for a native, stingless bee. You can put your bee home out in your yard to make your own home a better habitat for wild animals! Meets all requirements for Animal Habitat 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.

Call the Butterfly House at (636) 530-0076 x 13 to register for this program.

 

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.

Saturdays at SNR are now full through December 2016. Please check back for availability during spring 2017 registration.

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. Enjoy watercolor painting in the Japanese Garden. Visit the Climatron and 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.

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

 

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