Scout Programs at the Butterfly House and Shaw Nature Reserve

Browning drawing a ladybugIn addition to scout programming at the Garden, scouts can explore the world of insects with us at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri and experience the natural world at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri!
Butterfly House Scout Programs
Shaw Nature Reserve Scout Programs


Scout Programs at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Come explore the Garden with your den or troop! We offer engaging, nature-inspired programs that provide hands-on activities in outdoor classrooms and nature walks in the Garden.

$100 for up to 10 scouts; $10 each additional scout

Maximum 20 scouts. Our chaperone ratio is:
  • Grades PK-3: 1 chaperone per 5 scouts
  • Grades 4-12: 1 chaperone per 8 scouts
  • No siblings please

Programs are held on Saturdays and Sundays. Afterschool programs can be arranged based on Instructor availability. Call for more information on afterschool scout programs. Programs are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, a rain back-up date can be scheduled.

To register call (314) 577-9506 or email

Girl Scouts

Daisy Programs

    Daisy in ClimatronFlower Garden
Explore the world of plants, gardening, pollination, and composting as you discover the wonders of the Garden.  We will discuss the different plant parts that we eat every day and the important role honey bees play with our food. Each daisy will create a unique fairy garden to take home. We help them complete the requirement for the Watering Can Award along the "It’s Your World—Change it!" Journey. The Watering Can Award represents girls being "responsible for what I say and do." Girls earn the award by caring for their fairy garden.
    Design with Nature
Have you ever gone on a hike and wondered where the animals were? Have you ever wanted to go bird-watching? You can listen to nature. You can look at nature. In this badge, you'll explore nature. You'll think about what you see. You'll make and do things in nature.
    Numbers in Nature
Explore how to measure objects with this badge. A measurement is the size or amount something. You’ll measure different things. You’ll create your own way to measure nature, too!
    Shapes in Nature
Nature is full of beautiful things. You can find rainbows. You can search for flowers. You can look for leaves. This badge is all about looking carefully at nature. You never know what you’ll find!
    Outdoor Art Maker
Nature is full of beauty and art. Come out to Missouri Botanical Garden to explore the art that we have around the Garden.


Brownie Programs

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.
    Design with Nature
Plants, bees, and birds are fascinating! They’re all part of nature. This badge is all about using math to do things in nature. Math can help you design a garden, build a bird feeder, and explore the world of bees.
    Numbers in Nature
Do you like the feeling of sun or seawater on your skin? Do you like the smell of flowers or pine trees? Have you ever listened to the birds? Touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing are all ways to sense or understand the world around us. This badge is all about understanding nature. You’ll use your senses to gather information. You’ll use other tools to learn even more about nature.
    Shapes in Nature
Nature is full of colors and shapes. Imagine a leopard’s spots or a butterfly’s wings. Think of a bee’s honeycomb or a turtle’s shell. In this badge, you’ll look carefully at nature. You’ll track what you see. You’ll create art about it. You’ll share what you find.
    Outdoor Art Creator
There are different ways to explore art and to create art with nature. Find out how you can make your own art outdoors and have fun doing it.


Junior Programs

    Girl gardeningGardener
What better location to earn your Gardener badge than at the Missouri Botanical Garden! Have fun touring some of our most interesting gardens while learning about growing methods and techniques used. Scouts will also learn how to garden in a sustainable way. Scouts will design their own garden based on what they learned. Conduct experiments to learn about growing conditions and plant a mini garden to take home. Meets all requirements for Gardener badge.
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 pot a plant fit for a medicinal garden. Meets all requirements for Flowers badge.
    Design with Nature
Enjoying time in nature often requires planning. You might decide where you’ll go, how long you’ll be gone for, and what you’ll bring. In this badge, you’ll use math to help you plan and organize a hike and campout. You’ll think about all these things as you get ready for your hiking adventure.
    Numbers in Nature
How do you know what time it is or what the weather will be? Can you figure out how old a tree is by looking at it? In this badge, you’ll do all of these things! Math can be used to tell us all kinds of things about nature, from how tall or old a tree is to the weather, season, or time.
    Shapes in Nature
How are butterfly wings, peacock feathers, seashells, and lightning alike? They’re all patterns in nature. A pattern is when something repeats itself, like a checkerboard or stripes on a tiger. Nature is a talented artist! It uses patterns, based in math, in many creations. In this badge, explore patterns found in nature and use math to create your own.
    Outdoor Art Explorer
Missouri Botanical Garden has tons of ways to explore art in nature. Let nature be your inspiration as you explore, create, and design different kinds of art.


Cadette Program

    Outdoor Art Apprentice
Missouri Botanical Garden has tons of ways to explore art in nature. Find out how to observe and collect things outdoors that will drive your art and creativity.


Cub Scouts

Lion Program

    Boy in gardenReady, Set, Grow
Walk around the gardens and see different ways to grow plants. We'll see plants growing inside, outside, and in containers. Practice gardening skills and grow your own plant.


Wolf Program

    Finding Your Way
Come out and explore the different properties of compasses and learn how to read a map. Explore your own neighborhood and city streets. Using our trails, complete a scavenger hunt to find something incredible. Come explore and find your way at Missouri Botanical Garden.


Bear Program

    Fur, Feather, Ferns
Take a scientific discovery walk with us! We'll employ methods used by Naturalists to search for the animals and plants that inhabit our beautiful sites. Visit the Garden and search for the many bird species that call the Garden home. Explore the benefits of composting and plant a veggie or herb to take home! This program meets all the requirements for the Bear Adventure Fur, Feathers and Ferns.


Webelo Program

    Cub Scouts with instructor studying tree cookiesInto the Woods
Our Garden contains almost 5,000 trees! Discover how to identify Missouri's native trees as well as plants. Use this skill on a hike to find wild edibles. Scouts will also examine tree cookies and learn the science behind dendrochronology, the study of growth rings in trees. This program completes requirements 1–4, 6 and 7 of the AOL/Webelos Elective Adventure Into the Woods. This program goes towards completing the Dr. Charles H. Townsend Supernova Award for Webelos.


Eagle Scouts

If you are interested in completing your community service project with us, please contact The Garden does not allow planting on site but can work with you to find an appropriate place for your project.