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 per program

Maximum 10 scouts. Our chaperone ratio is:
  • Grades PK-3: 1 chaperone per 5 scouts
  • Grades 4-12: 1 chaperone per 8 scouts
  • No siblings please
Lion Scouts: $7 per scout, maximum 12 scouts


Programs are held Saturdays, Sundays, and possibly during afterschool hours, all based on Instructor availability. 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


Daisy in ClimatronDaisy Program
Flower 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.

Brownie Program
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.

Girl gardeningJunior Program
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

Junior Program
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.



Boy in gardenLion Program
Ready, 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.

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.

Cub Scouts with instructor studying tree cookiesWebelo Program
Into 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.



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.