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
Pricing:
  • $100 per program (weekday group programs in August 2017 and January–February 2018 at Shaw Nature Reserve are discounted to $75!)
  • 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!
Scheduling:
  • Summer, Fall and Winter registration (June 2017–February 2018) is now open. Spring 2018 registration (March– May 2018) will open November 1.
  • 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 76357 or at scoutprograms@mobot.org.

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. 

  • 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 76357.

 

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



Girl with potpourriEco Gifts
At Shaw Nature Reserve
Give the gift of green! Learn why it’s important to reuse and how to create unique gifts from used materials. Scouts will be shown examples of popular recycled gifts and spend most of the program making at least 3–5 creative crafts to take home and give to loved ones! This program takes place indoors. Lots of hot chocolate included!

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available December–February. This program has not been aligned with any scouting awards.

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

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.

Program length is 1.5 hours. This program is available December–February. This program has not been aligned with any scouting awards.

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

 

DAISY PROGRAMS

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-August.

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

 

BROWNIE PROGRAMS

Girl HikingHiker
At Shaw Nature Reserve
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

Paintbrush with paintPainting
At shaw nature reserve
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! Meets all requirements for the Painting badge.

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

Choose a 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
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. Please be prepared for a 10-15 minute hike in and out from the pond. Meets all requirements for the Journey Love Water Award.

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

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

 

JUNIOR PROGRAMS

FlowerFlowers
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 April–September.

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

SpadeGardener
at shaw nature reserve
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. 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 Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) date/time slot and register

 

CADETTE PROGRAMS

Trail through forestTrailblazing
At Shaw Nature Reserve
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 January–November.

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. 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 January–November.

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