Programs for Girl Scout Troops at Shaw Nature Reserve

Girl Scouts at Shaw Nature ReserveGirl Scout Troops, including Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes can explore the wonders of nature at Shaw Nature Reserve!

Programs are aligned with Girl Scout Journeys themes and badges. See each program's description for details.

Discover and explore with us! 

Shaw Nature Reserve 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 Shaw Nature Reserve patch!
  • Spring 2019 registration (March-May 2019) 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. 
      Note: Monday and Tuesday afternoons are also available in May only.
    • 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.



These unique 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! Each program is made appropriate for Girl Scout Daisies through Cadettes and Cub Scout Bears and Webelos.

SmokestackHoliday for the Animals
At Shaw Nature Reserve
Join us in front of a warm fire with some hot chocolate to learn about winter animal adaptations and feeding behaviors. Afterwards we'll make treats for Shaw Nature Reserve's animals to hang along the surrounding trails. We'll take a short night hike to search for animal tracks and other signs of winter activity, too. This program meets the requirements for the Daisy "It's your story, tell it" journey Birdbath Award, but can be adapted for all scout levels. 

Program length is 1.5 hours. This program is available in December.

Choose a Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) 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 July-September.

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



Water lilyLetterboxer
At Shaw Nature Reserve
Go on a treasure-hunting adventure with us! Make your own unique stamp and notebook, then practice following number code clues. Then venture outside to use your new skills to discover letterboxes hidden throughout the prairies, forests and wetlands of the Reserve. This program completes requirements 1-4 of the Letterboxer badge. Enjoy hot chocolate when the program is conducted during the winter months!

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available July-September and December-February (Saturdays only).

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


At shaw nature Reserve
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! Scouts will explore the prairie discovering various medicinal plants. Meets all requirements for Flowers badge.

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

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


Basswood tree on Garden groundsTrees
at Shaw nature reserve
Get ready to know trees! Learn how to identify some Missouri trees and find out about their uses. 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. Scouts will also get to observe how maple syrup is made (weather permitting)! Meets requirements 1–4 of the Trees badge.

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available in February only.
NOTE: Scouts will collect sap only during tapping window, weather permitting. 2020 season dates TBD.

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


Scout Overnights

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to explore Shaw Nature Reserve 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

Bridging Ceremonies

Girl Scout on bridge

Celebrate your troop’s accomplishments and hold your Scout bridging ceremony at one of the area’s most beautiful locations!
Bridging Ceremonies at the Garden
Bridging Ceremonies at Shaw Nature Reserve