Scouting programs are ongoing throughout the year and give scouts an opportunity to complete nature-related badges, achievements or journeys. All or most requirements are met during these sessions. These programs can be attended by individual scouts or troops.
Girl Scout Juniors | Geocacher
Juniors will meet a geocacher who will get them started on learning all about how to use a GPS receiver to go on or set up a geocache hunt. They will each make a trade item, go on a geocaching adventure and discover travel bugs. It is not mandatory but if available, bring a smart phone or GPS unit to help facilitate learning.
Girl Scout Juniors | Saturday, October 13th | 9 am - 12 pm | Geocacher | REGISTER HERE
Girl Scout Juniors | Saturday, October 13th | 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Geocacher | REGISTER HERE
Webelos | Into the Wild
Webelos are invited to complete this nature-related adventure! They will observe four or more wild animals along the trails and describe their locations and behaviors. Webelos will explore migration and bird flyways. They will learn about the Kirtland's Warbler - a bird with very specific nesting requirements, study food chains and the importance of aquatic ecosystems.
Webelos | Saturday, October 20th | 9:30 am - 12 pm | Into the Wild | REGISTER HERE
Bear Cub Scouts | Fur, Feathers and Ferns
Bears will go hiking one mile in search for six signs of animals and plants, observe wildlife and use a magnifying glass to examine plants. They will discover facts about endangered and extinct animals and learn about composting.
Bear | Saturday, November 3rd | 9:30 am - 12 pm | Fur, Feathers...
Brownie | Senses
Brownies will explore the world of nature using all five senses. They will use magnifiers to discover tiny natural objects, listen for sounds along the nature trails, taste sweet maple syrup on a salty pretzel and participate in other sensory activities.
Brownie | Saturday, December 1st | 10 am - 12 pm | Senses | REGISTER HERE
Wolves—Digging in the Past
Wolves will discover ways that paleontologists learn about dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals and plants. Real and replica fossils will be on hand for their exploration. They will make a fossil cast, play dinosaur games, explore replica digs, put together and enjoy a snack of edible “fossil” layers!
Wolf Cubs | Saturday, December 15th | 9:30 am - 12 pm | Digging in the Past |
Webelos will explore the work, training and tools of a geologist. Boys will participate in a geology “lab” where they will identify rocks and minerals and complete their own small rock collection. They will learn how rocks, minerals, mountains and fossils are formed and how we use geology in our lives.
Webelos | Saturday, January 12th | 9:30 am - 12 pm | Earth Rocks
Tigers—My Tiger Jungle
Tigers will take a walk at the nature center to discover the sights and sounds of nature. They will learn about some of the birds in this area. Each Tiger will build a birdhouse to hang up at home.
Fee: $20 (includes birdhouse kit)
Tiger Cubs| Saturday, March 23rd | 10 am - 12 pm | My Tiger Jungle
Daisy Scouts—Clover Petal
After hearing Clover’s Story, Daisy scouts will have a chance to meet the honeybees that live at the nature center. They will make a collage craft re-using old pictures, learn about ways to use resources wisely and make a snack using honey.
Daisies| Saturday, April 27th | 10 am - 12 pm | Clover Petal
Brownies will learn about insects and other small invertebrates and ways they are important in the natural world. They … will go on a “bug hunt” using insect nets and magnifiers and make an insect craft.
Brownies| Saturday, May 4th| 9:30 am - 12 pm | Bugs