Programs for Girl Scout Troops at the Garden

Brownies examining plants in Kemper Center Girl Scout Troops, including Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes can explore the wonders of nature at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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!

 
Missouri Botanical Garden 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 patch!
Scheduling:

*** NOTE ***
NO Girl Scout Troop programs will be held at the Missouri Botanical Garden July–September 2017 and December 2017–February 2018. Consider scheduling a program at Shaw Nature Reserve or the Butterfly House during these times.

  • Fall and winter registration (Nov 2017–February 2018) as well as spring (March - May 2018)  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. 
    • 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 and student day-off dates may be available upon request. We also may be able to schedule your program earlier or later than these start times above. We also may able to schedule a Shaw Nature Reserve program at earlier times during the week. 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. Choose whatever program you like, as long as it fits the location. For example, "Wonders of Water" 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 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.

 

DAISY PROGRAMS

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 1.5 hour. This program is available March–June and October-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! Scouts will learn where their food comes from and will examine a worm composting bin to find out how worms will help their plants grow. Girls earn their Watering Can Award as they plant and learn to care for their own fairy garden!

Program length is 1.5 hour. This program is available March– June and October - November.

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

 

BROWNIE PROGRAMS

Girl holding stamp and notebookLetterboxer
At Missouri Botanical Garden
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 and discover letterboxes hidden throughout the Garden. This program completes requirements 1–4 of the Letterboxer badge.

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available March-June and October-November.

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

Paintbrush with paintPainting
At Missouri Botanical Garden
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 colder 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 March-June and October-November.

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

 

JUNIOR PROGRAMS

FlowerFlowers
At Missouri Botanical Garden
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 the colder months, we will visit the Climatron to seek out tropical flowers. Meets all requirements for Flowers badge.

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available March-June and October-November.

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–June and October.

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

 

CADETTE PROGRAMS

Basswood tree on Garden groundsTrees
At Missouri Botanical Garden
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. Meets requirements 1–4 of the Trees badge.

Program length is 2 hours. This program is available March-June and October-November.

Choose a Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) 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 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 March-June and October-November, but Wednesday–Friday evenings only; time set when scheduling.

Please contact the Scout Instructor directly to schedule this program at scoutprograms@mobot.org.

 

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

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