Programs for Girl Scout Troops
Winter Special:

We’re offering a discount on our group programs that are scheduled to occur weekdays (Tuesday–Friday) during the months of January and February. Instead of $100 per troop/pack/den, the fee will be $75.


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.

Discover and explore with us! Jump to:

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. 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 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. If you wish to schedule a program there during the week, please contact the Scout Instructor directly to check on availability.
  • 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.

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. Note: All 2016 program slots are now full.

  • 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.

 

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 (AVAILABLE SATURDAYS ONLY)
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. 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)
Hit the trail! Scouts 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 scenic hike through Shaw Nature Reserve's forest and along the Meramec River! In January and February, a portion of the program will be conducted inside with hot chocolate! Meets all requirements for the Hiker badge.

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

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

Girl holding stamp and notebookLetterboxer
At Missouri Botanical Garden
Go on a treasure-hunting adventure with us! Make your own veggie stamp and learn how to follow number code clues. Then venture outside to use your new skills and discover letterboxes hidden throughout the Garden. Create your own letterbox to take home and hide, too!

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

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

Paintbrush with paintPainting
At Missouri Botanical Garden; at shaw nature reserve saturdays
Use a paintbrush to bring your imagination to life! We will choose from one of many beautiful spots in the Garden to relax and paint a landscape. Discover how to paint your mood. Have fun painting with different textures from nature and use items such as leaves, seeds and pine cones to create a work of art. Finally, your troop will work together to create a mural depicting the work of the famous artist, Georgia O'Keefe! During the winter months, we will use the Climatron and other indoor areas for inspiration. Meets all requirements for the Painting badge.

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

Choose a Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) or Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) 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 like tadpoles, young dragonflies and water beetles.  Have fun learning about what lives in and around the pond and what they can tell us about the health of a body of water. Scouts will also 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.

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

Leopard frogOutdoor Adventurer
At Shaw Nature ReservE Dana Brown Overnight Center
For this program only: contact the Scout Instructor directly to schedule this program at (314) 577-9473 x 6357 or scoutprograms@mobot.org.
Join us for a nighttime adventure in the great outdoors! Go on a night hike around the wetlands to discover how nocturnal animals survive in the dark of night. We will play flashlight games and then build a campfire to roast marshmallows on. Scouts will also build a birdfeeder to take home to their backyard friends!

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available year-round, but Wednesday–Friday evenings only; time set when scheduling.

Please contact the Scout Instructor directly to schedule this program at (314) 577-9473 x 6357 or scoutprograms@mobot.org.

 

JUNIOR PROGRAMS

FlowerFlowers
At Missouri Botanical Garden; At shaw nature Reserve on saturdays
Learn the wonders of a flower and uncover the science behind them by dissecting them yourself! Be an ethnobotanist as you learn about the traditional and medicinal uses of flowers. Create a meaningful flower bouquet to take home to a loved one. Scouts will also plant a flower fit for a medicinal garden! In January and February, we will visit the Climatron at the Botanical Garden to seek out tropical flowers. At Shaw Nature Reserve, scouts will explore the prairie discovering various medicinal plants. Meets all requirements for Flowers badge.

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available year-round at the Missouri Botanical Garden and April-September at Shaw Nature Reserve.

Choose a Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) 0r Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) date/time slot and register

SpadeGardener
At Missouri Botanical Garden; at shaw nature reserve saturdays
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. At Shaw Nature Reserve scouts will visit the Whitmire Wildflower Garden and learn about the way flowers grow in a prairie. Meets all requirements for Gardener badge.

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

Choose a Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) or Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) 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.

Girls roasting marshmallows at camp fireCamper
At Shaw Nature Reserve dana brown overnight center
For this program only: contact the Scout Instructor directly to schedule this program at (314) 577-9473 x 6357 or scoutprograms@mobot.org.
Gather around the campfire for an evening of fun! Scouts will first make their own nature journals and explore the nearby prairie and wetlands in search of nighttime discoveries. Then we’ll learn how to build a fire and meet around it to tell stories and jokes and make some delicious campfire treats!

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available year-round, but Wednesday–Friday evenings only; time set when scheduling.

Please contact the Scout Instructor directly to schedule this program at (314) 577-9473 x 6357 or scoutprograms@mobot.org.

 

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 and identify important plants. Enjoy some fun outdoor games too! In January and February, part of this program is conducted inside and includes hot chocolate! Meets all the requirements for the Trailblazing badge.

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

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

Basswood tree on Garden groundsTrees
At Missouri Botanical Garden; at Shaw nature reserve saturdays
Get ready to know trees! Discover prized specimens on a tour of the Garden 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. When this program is conducted in February at Shaw Nature Reserve, scouts will get to observe how maple syrup is made! 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 or Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) date/time slot and register

OwlNight Owl
At Missouri Botanical Garden
For this program only: contact the Scout Instructor directly to schedule this program at (314) 577-9473 x 6357 or scoutprograms@mobot.org.
Explore the Garden at night! Tour the grounds to discover the beauty and mystery of our nocturnal animals. Play fun games and conduct experiments to learn how they’ve adapted to their nighttime environment. We’ll also examine the night sky and learn about constellation legends. Pot a plant that changes its shape in the evening hours!

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available year-round, but Wednesday–Friday evenings only; time set when scheduling.

Please contact the Scout Instructor directly to schedule this program at (314) 577-9473 x 6357 or scoutprograms@mobot.org.

 


Save the Date!
Scout Night at the Garden
April 14, 2017, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Bring your scouts to the Garden after hours! We'll have activities throughout the Garden and the Children's Garden will be open for play. Details coming this spring.



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