“Badge in a Day” Programs now offered!
Looking for a fun way to earn a badge while visiting one of your scouts’ favorite places? Then explore our new programs offered to scouts. You and your group will have a great time exploring the Zoo and learning along the way! Each program meets all requirements for the intended badge, unless otherwise noted. With a blend of time in the classroom, meeting critters up close and personal, and time exploring the Zoo, your scout is sure to have a great experience learning with us!
- $5 per scout or sibling participant (in addition to zoo admission)
- For Badge programs with multiple sessions, when Sessions 1 & 2 are scheduled on the same-day, the price is $7 per scout (which includes both sessions)
- Adults must pay admission to the zoo
- Minimum of $25 per program
- Approximately two hours per session
Boy Scout Program Options
Cub Scouts: Wolf Level
Your Living World Achievement
- Scouts will learn about different types of pollution, energy use and conservation, and play a game to better understand recycling. We’ll also tour the zoo to learn about people who are helping the environment and even help clean-up the zoo.
- Fly away in this program that’s all about birds! Scouts will track and identify birds in the zoo and make nesting material balls. We’ll also read a story about birds and create both a bird feeder and bird house to take home.
Cub Scouts: Bear Level
Sharing Your World with Wildlife Achievement
- Scouts will tour the zoo to learn about the animals that live here and create a poster showcasing what we learn. We’ll also make bird feeders to take home, and play a game of extinction, where scouts become the animals!
Farm Animals Elective
- Come join us, down on the farm, where scouts will become “honorary zookeepers” and help us clean up an exhibit! We’ll tour the Children’s Zoo to learn more about farm animals and have a chance to feed them. We will also read a book about a farm animal and meet the critter from the story in person.
Cub Scouts: Webelos Level
Naturalist Activity Badge
- Explore the natural world as we take scouts on a tour of the zoo to learn about animals found in our area and what’s being done to help protect them. We’ll also learn about aquatic ecosystems and food chains through encounters with live animals.
Forester Activity Badge
- In this program, scouts will learn about the layers of the forest and meet some animals that live there. We’ll also “become a tree” and attempt to survive our first year of growth. Scouts will learn to identify six types of trees and plants that are useful to wildlife and learn all about wildfires.
Girl Scout Program Options
Daisy Level: Journey Book “5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals”
Birdbath Award, Session 1
- In this Journey, we’ll create paper maché nests and animal murals. We’ll also read from the Journey book and take a tour of the zoo to meet some of the animals from the story. Scouts will learn to care for animals safely while we meet animals up-close and personal. (Meets half the requirements)
Birdbath Award, Session 2
- In this second program, scouts will continue work on our “All about Me Nests,” add to our animal murals, and “fly away” as we learn about birds. We’ll tour the zoo and learn how the porcupine got its quills! To recap what we learn, scouts will also participate in some role play games. (Completes requirements for Birdbath Award; Sessions 1 & 2 can be scheduled on the same day for a reduced price)
Red Robin Award, Session 1
- In this program, scouts will add to their ongoing animal mural and create an animal care post card. We’ll also tour the zoo, listening to the sounds animals make, and attempt to “talk like an animal.” Scouts will learn the difference between caring for wild animals versus pets as we meet live animals in the classroom. (Meets half the requirements; should be scheduled after completing Birdbath Award)
Red Robin Award, Session 2
- In this program, scouts will continue their animal murals and tour the zoo, meeting animals from our story. We’ll explore how to “talk without talking” as we imitate body language of animals we meet. Scouts will create an animal poem, practice origami, and put our noses to the test in a scented smell-off! (Completes requirements for Red Robin Award; Sessions 1 & 2 can be scheduled on the same day for a reduced price)
- In the final award of this Journey, scouts will tour the zoo to learn about animals from around the world. We will play a game of “backwards bingo” and also learn to trust each other during a game of “Elephants on Parade.” Scouts will also be add to our animal murals and create animal masks to wear home. (Meets all requirements)