Scout Workshops at Shaw Nature Reserve

Girl Scout crossing streamScout Workshops are a great opportunity for scouts to explore the wonders of nature!

Workshops are listed in chronological order.

  • Pricing per scout varies; please view the workshops below for the associated fee.
  • 1 chaperone per 5 Scouts is required, and is free with scout registration. Additional chaperones must pay the scout fee for that particular workshop.
  • Workshops held on Saturdays at the Garden include a free trip to the Children’s Garden BEFORE your program for all registered participants (open April through October, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Siblings are not permitted, as these programs are designed for one on one interactions in order to provide the best possible experience for your scouts.
  • Each participating scout will receive a patch!
Scheduling and Registration:
  • Scouts and chaperones MUST pre-register
  • Register online by using the link provided with each individual workshop description. Payment is due by credit card at the time of registration.
  • When registering a large troop or den, memberships only apply to scouts within that family of that member. Groups must pay the public price for the remainder of the scouts.
  • Registration closes one week prior to the event, unless otherwise noted.
  • New badge workshops are scheduled on an ongoing basis, so check back often for new offerings!
  • Want to schedule a private program for your Troop or Den? Please contact or (314) 577-9473 x 76357.

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you need further assistance, contact the Scout Programs Instructor at or (314) 577-9473 x 76357.

Cub scouts on gravel bar Earth Rocks
For Cub Scout Webelos
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 10 a.m.–noon OR 1-3 p.m.
Fee per scout: $10/public; $8/member

Head for the river! Visit a dry riverbed to collect and learn about important geologic specimens that we use every day. We will conduct various tests to look for Missouri minerals. Hike to an overlook in the foothills of the Ozarks to learn how they were formed and about the fossils that were left behind. In January and February, part of this program is conducted inside and includes hot chocolate! This program completes all requirements for the AOL/Webelos Elective Earth Rocks! This program goes towards completing the "Science Everywhere" Nova Award for Cub Scouts. Registration opens November 1.

Collecting the syrup from the trees Maple Syrup
For all scouts
Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10 a.m.–noon OR
Sunday, February 16, 2020, noon–2 p.m.
At Shaw Nature Reserve
Fee per scout: $15/public; $12/member

Come learn about how maple syrup is made at Shaw Nature Reserve! In the process, Scouts will learn how to identify some Missouri trees (by giving them a hug) and about how animals and humans alike use them. Help us collect sap in the maple grove (weather permitting) and enjoy a waffle afterwards! Meets requirements 1–3 of the Girl Scout Cadette Trees badge, and requirements 1, 2, 3 and 7 of the Cub Scout Into the Woods Elective. Registration opens November 1.

Girls looking at plants Citizen Science Workshop during the City Nature Challenge
For all scouts
Friday, April 24, 2020, 6–8 p.m.
At Shaw Nature Reserve
Fee per scout: $12/public; $10/member

Become a citizen scientist! Learn how regular people can help scientists conduct research to make the world a better place. Scouts will explore Shaw Nature Reserve’s Brush Creek and collect data for citizen science project “Stream Selfie”. Scouts will also learn how to use iNaturalist to make observations and track biodiversity in our region during the worldwide City Nature Challenge competition! This program will be conducted in coordination with the “Think Like a Citizen Scientist” Girl Scout Journey. Scouts will receive a Shaw Nature Reserve patch for participating. Please bring your mobile smart phone to take photos and collect data.


Girl with bow and arrow Archery Badge
For Girl Scout Cadettes
Saturday, April 25, 2020, 9–11 a.m.
AND noon–2 p.m.
Fee per scout: $15/public; $12/member
Maximum 10 scouts per workshop

Get ready to take aim at a new challenge! Taught by a certified NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) Instructor, scouts will learn all about the equipment, safety and processes of archery. Afterwards, scouts will spend the remainder of the program practicing their new skill and playing games. Space is very limited, so sign up early! Registration opens November 1.

Boy with fish Fishing
For all scouts
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 6–8 p.m.
Fee per scout: $12/public; $10/member

Join us for the rare opportunity to go fishing at Shaw Nature Reserve! Scouts will learn about fishing safety, then spend the rest of the workshop having fun catching a wide variety of species at Wolf Run Lake. This workshop is not aligned with any Scouting awards, but is being offered for the purpose of pure, outdoor fun! All equipment will be provided. Registration opens November 1.
Note: fishing is not normally allowed at Shaw Nature Reserve.