Girl scout with butterflySaturday, May 16, 2020 CANCELLED
10 a.m.–noon

Open to all scouting organizations and scout families

All St. Louis-area scouts are invited to this special event at Shaw Nature Reserve. This self-guided event includes

  • the opportunity to work on scouting award work with Garden professionals (see award work available at bottom of this page) and complete self-guided requirements with your group
  • nature and STEM-based activities from program partners like the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Saint Louis Zoo
  • Letterboxing in the prairie
  • free play in the Nature Explore Classroom

Upon check-in, Scouts will receive a worksheet that they will use to complete the award work below. Some requirements are self-guided, while others are to be completed with staff and volunteers at tables near the Glassberg Pavilions.

This event will take place rain or shine. Please be prepared for outdoor play, some moderate hiking and insects! If you wish to eat lunch after the event, you can bring your lunch and picnic blankets and eat at the picnic tables near the Visitor's Center, the Maritz Trail House or at the Glassberg Pavilions, or find a shady spot in the grass. There is no grilling or cooking over fire at Shaw Nature Reserve.

One chaperone per 5 scouts is required.
Cost: $5 per person, ages 3 and up.

Registration will open November 1, 2019. Pre-registration is required and walk-ups will not be accepted.


Pre-registration is required and walk-ups will not be accepted.



As a Scout Leader, can I have my troop/den’s guardians register their scouts individually or do I have to register my entire group myself?

New in 2020: Please register your entire troop or den at the same time. This allows for a smoother check-in process. If you must add participants to your roster after your first registration is processed, you can do so under your name only.

If registering individually, each registrant must check-in to receive their event materials. We will not be grouping troops and dens together based on their registration information.


How do I add participants to my original registration?

We cannot manually add participants to your original registration. Please sign back into our registration system to register more participants, indicating what troop, pack, den or chaperone they are participating with. Please keep in mind that you may only make changes up to one week before the event.

What if we do not want to participate with our troop/den and prefer to participate as a family/individuals?

You may register individually without your troop or den. Registration information will not be grouped based on troop or den numbers. Please check-in when you arrive to receive your event materials.

Are walk-ups permitted?

No, walk-ups are not permitted.

Do we have to check in by a certain time?

Check-in begins at 9:45 a.m. Please try to check in by 11 a.m. in order to ensure that you can participate in all the offered activities before the event ends at noon.

Where do we check in?

When you arrive at Shaw Nature Reserve, pass the Visitor’s Center and follow signs for Scout Day parking. When you get to the Bascom House parking lot, event staff will direct you to park in the grass field east of the Bascom House. Check in will be located beside the Bascom House.

Is parking free?

Yes, but extremely limited. Please carpool! Please also note that parking will take place in a grass field.

Do we all need to check in together?

No. Please send up one representative to collect your event bag. This bag will contain activity packets for each scout level, pencils and an event map.

Can we bring food?

Yes! Feel free to bring a waste-free picnic lunch to enjoy after the event ends at noon. There will be limited picnic tables available at the Glassberg Pavilions, so be prepared with a picnic blanket. You may picnic wherever you like as long as it’s not on a path.  Trash and recycling bins are available at the Glassberg Pavilions.

Where do we go after check-in?

All activities are located in the Bascom House/Glassberg Pavilion area. Letterboxing will take place in the prairie beside the Bascom House. Take a look at the event map before you arrive.

Is there a set schedule?

No. The event features activity tables throughout the Bascom House area. There will be an award work table for each scout level hosted by Garden staff—Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette as well as Cub Scout Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelo. Feel free to visit every table, regardless of your scout’s level. There will also be STEM/nature activity tables hosted by program partners like the World Bird Sanctuary, Endangered Wolf Center and the Saint Louis Zoo. You are free to visit all tables and letterbox at your own pace.

How do we complete award work?

During registration, you will be asked to indicate what level of scout(s) will be attending the event. During check in you will receive an activity packet for each scout level indicated so that scouts may complete the requirements for their badge/journey/achievement/elective. Here is a sample packet.