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Let us help your scouts earn badges! We are still building this section of our programming, and we'd love your requests and input. We can create a program just for you, or choose a program from our program offerings page and we'll add an extra activity to make it special for your group.

Girl Scouts

There are so many badges you can earn and journeys to take at the zoo! Some badges you can work on with us are the Brownies Bugs and Pets badges, Juniors Animal Habitats badge, or Seniors Voice for Animals badge.

Boy Scouts

A program for you at the zoo can help you earn your Bird Study, Environmental Science, Mammal Study, Nature, or Reptile and Amphibian Study badges. We can also help with Cub Scout Academics and Electives, like the Wildlife Conservation belt loop and pin.

Scout Overnights

Have you ever wanted to spend the night in a zoo? Well, here is your chance! We offer scouts to spend the night at the zoo as a very special campout to enjoy the stars and the howling of the wolves. Groups can arrive at the zoo between 3:30-4:30 to set up and must pack out by 9:00 am the following day. An overnight can be a great time for a service project and/or education program too. 

Service Projects

Helping out at the zoo is a great way to be involved in our community! Talk with us about how your troop can provide service and what we can do for you in return. Please give us a minimum 2 weeks before scheduling a service project.


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