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Scout Programs

Dig in and spend an exciting day earning your next scout badge, elective, or exploration at Denver Botanic Gardens.The Gardens hosts a vast diversity of plants, trees and ecosystems from Colorado, and around the world, for scouts to experience. Choose from one of the Gardens’ Self-guided Exploration Packs or Guided Scout Programs.

SELF-GUIDED EXPLORATION PACKS

Available beginning fall of 2014 - Exploration Packs provide a unique way for groups to explore the Gardens on their own. Each self-guided Exploration Pack contains a leader guide, exploration tools, scavenger hunts, exploration activities and take home planting materials. Packs contain detailed instructions and all the materials needed for an exciting exploration of the Gardens.

  • $8 per scout (includes admission to the Gardens)
  • One adult chaperone (troop leader or parent) for every five scouts is admitted free of charge. Additional adults pay $6.50.

Cub Scout Exploration Packs

  • Webelos “Forester” Badge: Discover the different types of trees that live in forests across the United States. Investigate the different layers of a forest, learn simple techniques to help you identify Colorado trees and discover the story that a tree can tell.

Girl Scout Exploration Packs

  • Daisy “From Earth to Sky” Journey Session 3 & 4: Explore the fantastic world of plants and discover how plants grow and what they need to survive. Use your senses to investigate plants up close and explore the amazing diversity of plants found at Denver Botanic Gardens.
  • Juniors “Flower” Badge: Discover the importance of flowers as you explore their beauty and diversity through the Garden. Put your observation skills to the test as you explore how plants are related and uncover the secret world of pollinators.

Guided Programs

Guided Scout programs offer hands-on exploration and activities led by a guide with the overall goal of helping scouts understand how plants and people affect one another. In addition, the programs offer authentic learning as Scouts plant a badge-related seed or seedling to take home and cultivate. Programs are two hours.

  • $120 for up to 8 scouts – additional scouts are $15
  • One adults chaperone (troop leader or parent) for every five scouts is admitted free of charge. Additional adults pay $6.50.

Cub Scouts Guided Programs 

  • Tiger “Plant a Seed” Elective – Scouts use their five senses to explore a wide variety of plants from around the world. Each scout will plant an assortment of seeds to take home and watch grow.
  • Wolf “Grow Something” Elective – Scouts investigate different types of gardens, including container, vegetable and flower gardens. Each scout will create a terrarium and plant a variety of seeds to transplant into his home garden.
  • Bear Landscaping Elective – Scouts learn the basics of garden design and discover the essentials of maintaining a garden. Each scout will design a container garden and plant a variety of flower seeds to take home.
  • Webelos “Forester” Badge - Scouts take a tour through the Gardens to identify forest trees, discover their uses and investigate the six types of United States forests in just one day! Each scout will plant a tree to take home. 

Girl Scouts Guided Programs

  • Daisy “From Earth to Sky” Journey, Session 3 – Daisies explore the amazing diversity of plants found at the Gardens while learning about the parts of a plant, and what plants need to survive. Each scout will plant a variety of vegetable seeds to take home.
  • Daisies "From Earth to Sky" Journey, Session 4 – Daisies explore the fascinating world of seeds as they discover the secrets hidden inside, and how seeds travel from place to place. Each scout will plant a variety of flower seeds to take home. 
  • Brownies “Hiker” Badge – Brownies discover hiking basics as they venture out on a hike through Denver Botanic Gardens. Each scout will create a simple terrarium for a plant to take home.
  • Juniors "Gardener" Badge – Juniors discover the basics of garden design as they learn how to plan for a successful garden! Each scout will design a container garden and plant a variety of flower seeds to take home.
  • Juniors “Flower” badge: Juniors join the secret world of flowers as they investigate different plant families, dissect flowers and learn about the importance of pollination. Each scout will plant a variety of flower seeds to take home with them.

Exploration Packs and Programs are available year-round.

To register for a program call 720-865-3580 or email registrar@botanicgardens.org. Don't see a program to meet the needs of your scout group? Call 303-370-8040 for customized scout program options.