Scout Programming at the Garden

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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.

All program scouts and chaperones must follow all participant protocol.

Each Scout must have a signed Missouri Botanical Garden COVID-19 waiver by parent/legal guardian. Waiver will be given at time of registration.

$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

At this time, programs are outdoor only and offered Saturdays and Sundays 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.


Girl Scout Programs

Daisy among the flowers Daisy 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.

Junior 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.


Cub Scout Programs

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.

Boy plantingWolf Program
Grow Something
Come learn about the amazing world of plants! What do plants need to grow? Learn about starting seeds, hardiness zones, and what plants grow best in St Louis. Make a terrarium (Summer/Winter) or start a seed tray for growing plants at home (Spring/Fall). Meets all requirements for the Wolf Grow Something adventure.

Webelo 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.

Eagle Scouts

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