Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts of all ages have more opportunities to have fun while earning credits toward badge requirements, achievements, electives, and journeys. Come as a troop, pack, or individual with the family to any of our exciting and informative Wild About Scouts Programs. From traditional formats to wild explorations, Scout Programs offer a variety of fresh topics and experiences — and every adventure promises hands-on fun, planned activities, an interactive presentation, and up-close animal encounters with our Education Animal Ambassadors.
Private Programs for Troops and Packs
Calling all Scouts! Take a class at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden and earn credit toward your badge or achievement requirements. Classes will be filled with learning activities, animal encounters and a staff-guided tour through select areas at Riverbanks.
Cub Scout Expedition
Join us for a wild time as we learn about water pollution and how the 3 R’s help us conserve resources, including animals! We will hike the River Trail and learn about local species and their conservation status. Plus, discover how Riverbanks is making a positive impact on the environment and how your everyday decisions can have the same positive power.
The Cub Scout Expedition Program and activities will work toward Cub Scout Electives and Achievements. Based on registered troop level, the program will cover: Lions — Animal Kingdom #3*; Mountain Lion #3; Tigers — My Tiger Jungle #1, 2, and 3; Tigers in the Wild #4, 6, and 7. Wolf — Call of the Wild #6; Paws on the Path #5 and 6; Grow Something #3; Code of the Wolf #2a; Spirit of Water #1 and 2. Bear — Fur, Feather and Fern #1-6, Paws for Action #2b. Webelos — Adventures in Science #2; Building a Better World #6d; Into the Wild #3*, 5, 6–9a.
Girl Scouts — Bugging with Brownies!
Here come the bugs! Check out the creeping, crawling bugs of Riverbanks while earning your Bugs badge. Take a walk on the buggy side, make a bug poster and craft, and get up close and personal with our bug ambassadors.
The program will cover: Naturalist — Bugs badge.
Girl Scouts — Girls in the Garden
Flowers and soil and gardening, oh my! Enjoy a visit to Riverbanks Botanical Garden while working toward Girl Scout badges. Your troop will explore different garden designs and flowers, and learn what it takes to keep our Garden beautiful. You will even take home your very own “flower” creation!
The program will cover: Junior Gardener badge — Steps #1–3; Junior Flowers badge — Steps #1–5.
Girl Scouts — Habitat Happenings
Get ready to go wild about animal habitats at Riverbanks! Learn about wild animals, their habitats and habitats in peril. Find out about the animals that live in the rainforest (or arctic) and meet a few in person. Discover how you can protect and provide shelter for species right in your own backyard! Groups can choose between two focus areas: Amazon Rainforest or The Arctic.
The program will cover: Junior Animal Habitats badge.
Girl Scouts — Habitats with Daisies
Everyone can help make the world a better place! Meet a few animal ambassadors, enjoy a guided tour and classroom activities to learn about habitats, adaptations for survival and the animals that call them home. Discover how you can protect wildlife right in your own backyard.
This program will cover the Rosie Petal.
- Cost :
$8 per Scout. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required. Riverbanks WILD About Scouts patches can be purchased for an additional fee.
- Capacity :
A minimum of 10 participating scouts and a maximum of 25 scouts per class apply. 1 adult chaperone / 10 scouts are required.
- Availability :
Programs can be scheduled year round on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am or 1:00pm. Each program is 1.5 hours long.
- Location :
Determined based on program topic selected.
Register for Program
- Registration :
Pre-registration is required 2 weeks in advance with final payment due 10 days prior to program date. Call 803.602.0803 to ask about available dates and times.
Attention Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts: Come as a troop, pack, or with family (siblings are welcome) to our exciting and informative Wild About Scout events. Seasonal and specialty events are wildly creative, hands-on experiences offered after-hours on select dates throughout the year. Participants will enjoy an evening full of interactive educational programing, activities, and animal encounters — all focused on Girl Scout and/or Cub Scout specific topics and themes.
Nova Wild Cub Scout Day
- Saturday, January 25 @ 9:00am–5:00pm
Go NOVA with us as you spend a fun-filled day at the Zoo working toward Cub Scout electives. Scouts will encounter animal ambassadors, participate in station activities, meet with a Zoo professional, and watch a science movie. Grade-specific elective programs are available to complete as well. Do as little or as much as you want on Scout Day!
Boy Scout Workshop: Marvelous Mammals
- Saturday, February 22 @ 10:00am
Join us for a wild day at the Zoo as we explore the diversity of our furry friends while working on the Boy Scout Mammal Study Merit Badge. Boy Scout Workshops include a brief interactive educational program, live animal encounters, activities and a staff-guided outdoor adventure through the Zoo.
Event Overnights combine seasonal event workshops offered after-hours with all the perks of an overnight excursion. The workshop portion includes a brief presentation, activities, games, crafts, and animal encounters centered on Scout-specific topics and themes that meet badge requirements. Following the workshop your group can stay and participate in our public events, make s’mores, and enjoy keeper led tours. In the morning, participants will enjoy a continental breakfast before heading out into the park on their own.
Bezoojeweled Girl Scout Event Overnight
- Friday, December 6 @ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day
- Saturday, December 7 @ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day
Come and BeZooJeweled! This “girls only” Scout Program for Daisies through Cadettes will be a fun-filled evening of jewelry making, animal encounters, conservation education and activities that will earn credits towards badge requirements and journeys. Meet the “bling” of the jungle and the "jewels" of the rainforest! The overnight will also include a beaded or bejeweled-themed SWAPs meet, s’more evening snack, continental breakfast, behind-the-scenes tour, Lights Before Christmas activities and park admission the following day.
- Note :
A minimum of 25 individual registered participants is required to conduct event overnight programs as scheduled.
Overnights for Small Troops and Packs
Looking for an overnight experience for a small Scout troop or pack that does not meet our minimum for group overnights? Then this opportunity is just for you! Select nights will be offered for Girl Scout troops or Cub/Boy Scout packs to join others to enjoy the Zoo’s night life.
Girl Scout Overnight: Camping 101
- Saturday, April 25 @ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day
New to camping? Join us at Riverbanks Botanical Garden to set up a tent, roast marshmallows and sleep on the lawn at Waterfall Junction. Girl Scouts will learn some basic camping skills including Leave No Trace principles, how to create solar ovens and purify water. Four-person tents and foam mats are provided as well as pizza dinner, marshmallow roasting and water play in the Aflac Splash Zone at Waterfall Junction (weather dependent).
Girl Scout Overnight: Coastal Close Up
- Friday, May 8 @ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day
Join us for a splashing good time as we learn about seals and sea lions, ocean life, aquatic habitats and how each of us can do our part to protect the ocean. Groups will enjoy exploration through hands-on activities, up-close encounters with animal ambassadors and a behind-the-scenes tour before heading to bed inside Sea Lion Landing.
Girl Scout Overnight: Nature’s Night Owls
- Saturday, June 6 @ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day
Many creatures like to stay up late and work the night shift! These late risers use incredible adaptations to help them get the job done in the dark. Groups will become part of the Zoo’s nightlife through hands-on activities, up-close encounters with nocturnal animal ambassadors and a behind-the-scenes tour to discover who at Riverbanks prefers the dark to day.
- Cost :
$50 per participant.
- Capacity :
A minimum of 25 individual registered participants is required to conduct all small Scout group overnight programs as scheduled.
- Note :
Each overnight includes a hands-on program, snack, continental breakfast, and admission to explore Riverbanks Zoo and Garden the next day. All participants must be 5 years old or older. All children under 18 years old should be accompanied by a parent or designated adult chaperone.
Cancellation or date change requests must be received three weeks in advance of the event to receive a refund of your registration. Requests must be submitted in writing at email@example.com Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will retain a 10% processing fee for cancellations.
In the rare event that Riverbanks Zoo and Garden must cancel the scheduled event, all deposits or money received will be reimbursed or an option to reschedule will be provided. Notifications of cancellation will be provided at least ten days prior to the scheduled event (unless weather-related). Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is not liable for any other expenses that the guest may have incurred in the preparation and execution of the event.
Refunds will not be provided for individuals who do not show up for the event.
Although these programs are developed to meet Girl Scout, Cub Scout, and Boy Scout requirements, all Scout groups and families are welcome to participate in these programs. Children may not be left unattended. Individuals must be accompanied by an adult; groups should have at least one adult per 10 participants in attendance. Availability is limited; however, a minimum of 20 registered participants is required to conduct programs as scheduled and described. Registration is available online and will close one week prior to the program date. Program fees are non-refundable.
Questions about Wild About Scouts?
Please call 803.602.0803 or email us.