Scout Overnights at the Missouri Botanical Garden

DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE to spend the night at the most beautiful place in the city! Spend a fun-filled evening working on badge requirements with Garden staff. Activities may include dissecting flowers, going on a flashlight tour of the tropical Climatron, planting herbs, letterboxing by flashlight, and making tea from flowers! Scouts also get the opportunity to have the Children's Garden all to themselves! Scouts will sleep in the Brookings Exploration Center, right beside the exhibits.  Scouts will also receive a one-of-a-kind souvenir patch for participating, too.

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Garden overnight patchCheck back for Spring/Summer 2020 dates. Registration dates will be posted here when overnight dates are finalized and posted.

Check out our Overnights at the Shaw Nature Reserve or schedule an overnight experience of your own creation at Shaw Nature Reserve's Dana Brown Overnight Center.


  • Registration is required and is online only. A registration link will appear the day registration opens around 9 a.m. You may not pay over the phone.
  • To register, you will need the first name of each scout and chaperone and any severe food allergies that overnight staff should be aware of.
  • You may not edit your registration in any way after the registration end date.
  • Each scout and adult is required to complete a Participant Agreement. Please bring these forms with you to check in. Those who do not submit these forms will not be able to participate.
    Download a Scout Participant Agreement
    Download an Adult Participant Agreement

Note: The age range for scout groups is determined by the designations set by the appropriate councils. In the interest of consistency, we are unable to make exceptions for children outside of the levels specified.


Overnight Details


What to Bring:

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Shoes for walking and playing
  • Umbrella or raincoat 
  • Pajamas
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Water bottle
  • Jacket or sweatshirt
  • Bug spray

Due to capacity, cots and air mattresses are not permitted. Sleeping pads only.

You will be responsible for carrying your items from check-in at Linnaean Plaza to the sleeping area, which is about a 5–7 minute walk. Please pack accordingly!


Parking for overnight participants at the Missouri Botanical Garden will be in the Ridgway Visitor Center parking lot located at 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63110. Parking is free. Please park on the left-hand (east) lot near Linnean Plaza. All sleepover participant vehicles must display the Sleepover Participant parking pass (received at check-in or emailed prior) in their windshield for security notification.

Check in:
Check-in begins at 7 p.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. All overnight participants need to check in at the registration table at the Linnean Plaza Entrance. On-time arrival will give participants time to orient themselves, claim a sleeping spot and drop off their belongings before continuing on to the evening's activities.

Participants are strongly discouraged from arriving after 8 p.m. If it is absolutely necessary for you to do so, you must notify the Scout Instructor 24 hours prior to the sleepover so special arrangements can be made. If a participant needs to leave between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., please notify staff at least 24 hours prior to the day of the event so that we may make arrangements. Please contact (314) 577-9473 x 76312 or


Sleeping Arrangements:
Overnight participants will be sleeping inside the Brookings Exploration Center and Plant Lab.

We will work on nature-related award or badge work during the evening. This information is determined and released for your information a few months in advance. We will help you complete an entire badge during the evening. If you are interested in working on the other requirements on your own during the overnight, please bring the appropriate award or badge information with you.

Your overnight experience includes a healthy late night snack and a continental breakfast the following morning. Peanuts will not be served. Please e-mail regarding significant food allergies that staff should be aware of.

  • Snack: We will provide a late-night snack that may include fruit, vegetables, milk products, wheat, soy or eggs.
  • Breakfast: A continental breakfast will be served the following morning which may include fruit, nut-free granola, muffins, bagels, cream cheese, yogurt, fruit juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and other treats.

Please note: This is not a complete list, and not every item listed above will be available at every overnight. We do ask that all food provided be kept within designated eating areas.

Outside Food:
We ask that NO outside food be brought with you unless you have severe food allergies or specific dietary needs. We do allow you to bring in an outside snack under the following conditions:

  • It must be sealed in a heavy-duty plastic container (Tupperware, not a Ziploc bag). 
  • It must be labeled with the participant’s name. 
  • It must be taken directly to the dining area and left there for the duration of the event. 
  • Items must be non-perishable, as refrigeration space is very limited. 

Any guests needing to bring in outside food for health reasons should notify the sleepover staff immediately upon arrival. Please note: We can’t guarantee the safety of the food that is left in the classroom, nor can we take responsibility if it is lost or taken. Participants will be asked to take any food not meeting these criteria back to their vehicles.

Overnight Etiquette:
Staff will do all that they can to ensure your child’s safety while at the Missouri Botanical Garden. For the sake of other participants, children are expected to display cooperative and respectful behaviors. Should behavioral difficulties arise; parents, chaperones or scout leaders will be notified. If problems continue, we reserve the right to dismiss participants from our sleepovers. For the enjoyment of all our sleepover participants, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Have fun!
  • Respect your fellow sleepover participants and their belongings, as well as staff.
  • Eat only in designated eating areas.
  • Stay with your group, both children and their chaperones, at all times. If you get separated from your group, we ask that groups reunite at the Brookings Interpretive Center.
  • Keep your shoes on (except while sleeping) and leave your wheeled shoes at home.
  • As far as we can tell, our plants do not snore. Overnight participants, however, sometimes do. Please be respectful of those who do and mindful of those who do not.
  • Lights out is quiet time. Please turn off or silence your electronic devices and go to sleep!
  • Staff and volunteers are here to help. Feel free to ask questions or go to them for first aid needs. A First Aid Station will be located in the Brookings Exploration Center. A staff person will be available at all times.


Participants are welcome to explore the Garden after 9 a.m. the next morning. If you wish to stay after 9 a.m., participants are asked to return their overnight gear to their cars and then re-enter through Linnean Plaza before 9 a.m. At 9 a.m. the gate will close and normal admission rates apply.


Inclement Weather:
Participants should come dressed for the weather. All overnights are held rain or shine. If we are unable to hold a sleepover due to severe inclement weather, we will notify you by phone if staff decides to cancel prior to the event. In the event severe inclement weather occurs during the overnight, staff is prepared to ensure participant safety and will be using a facility that the staff has identified as a storm shelter.

Safety and Emergencies:
Overnight participants are encouraged to leave their belongings in the sleeping area during the overnight activities as a means of staking out their own spot. While we expect that all participants will respect other participant’s belongings, we do highly recommend keeping valuables on your person at all times, as the Missouri Botanical Garden does not take responsibility for any lost or stolen items.

The Missouri Botanical Garden Safety and Security team is on Garden grounds 24 hours a day. The Garden’s Safety and Security staff, as well as the Overnight Staff, are trained and certified in First Aid and CPR. In case of security concerns or emergencies, please contact any overnight staff member immediately.

Special Accommodations & Accessibility:
Please call the Scout Programs Instructor at (314) 577-9473 x 76312 or email at least 3 weeks prior to the date of the sleepover if you or your child/scout requires special accommodations.


Cancellation Policy

For Scout Overnight refunds, cancellations must be made at least two weeks prior to the program. Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations less than two weeks in advance or for missed programs. If the Missouri Botanical Garden must cancel a Scout Overnight, you will be notified and receive a full refund.



Please contact the Scout Instructor at (314) 577-9473 x 76312 or if you have questions.