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Programs for Scouts

Cincinnati Nature Center helps Boy and Girl Scouts meet their nature and outdoor badge requirements. We offer naturalist-led programs where individual Scouts can register, or where entire groups can register together. For more information, contact Anne Horne at scouts@cincynature.org.

Limited spots are available. Only ticketed individuals will be able to attend the event.

In order to ensure that you receive the necessary number of tickets for your group, please make sure you register all scouts and adults for your program at once. Click on the date below for details and registration information. 

If you choose to bring your scout troop to the Nature Center outside of the designated programs below, please click here to learn more about visiting as a group.

Scout Adventure: Flashlight Scavenger Hunt Night Hike 

What could be more fun than a night hike? A scavenger hunt at night! Join us for an adventure in the forest as we use our senses and our flashlights to experience nature in a new way. Preregistration required. $10 per scout and siblings over 4. Each child must attend with a parent or leader. Leaders may receive one free adult ticket for every six child tickets purchased. Limit two per group. Adults $10.

Webelos AOL Elective Adventure: Into the Woods 

Get up close and personal with the plants and animals that call the Cincinnati Nature Center home! Join us for an afternoon of forest hiking and exploring as we complete the Into the Woods requirements.  Preregistration required. $10 per scout and siblings over 4. Each child must attend with a parent or leader. Leaders may receive one free adult ticket for every six child tickets purchased. Limit two per group. Adults $10.

Brownie Hiker Badge (for Girl Scouts)  

It’s the best time of year for hiking and exploring the great trails of the Nature Center! This program will meet all the requirements of the Hiker Badge—except making a hiking snack—please bring one for your scouts to enjoy on or after the hike! Preregistration required. $10 per scout and siblings over 4. Each child must attend with a parent or leader. Leaders may receive one free adult ticket for every six child tickets purchased. Limit two per group. Adults $10. 

Wilderness Survival for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts 

Test your skills as you take on survival challenges! We’ll light fires without matches, build shelters, and learn emergency signaling. This is a hands-on, outdoor class. Please dress for the weather. This class fulfills requirements for both Girl and Boy Scouts. Preregistration required. $15 per scout and siblings over 4. Each child must attend with a parent or leader. Leaders may receive one free adult ticket for every six child tickets purchased. Limit two per group. Adults $10. 

Girl Scout Junior Animal Habitats Badge 

Explore the Nature Center’s pond, field, and forest habitats! All the requirements will be met for the Habitats Badge in this fun, outdoor class. Preregistration required. $10 per scout and siblings over 4. Each child must attend with a parent or leader. Leaders may receive one free adult ticket for every six child tickets purchased. Limit two per group. Adults $10.

Cub Scout Bear Adventure: Fur, Feathers, & Ferns 

Come to Cincinnati Nature Center to observe and investigate our local wildlife! We’ll complete most of the requirements of this badge during the program. Preregistration required. $10 per scout and siblings over 4. Each child must attend with a parent or leader. Leaders may receive one free adult ticket for every six child tickets purchased. Limit two per group. Adults $10. 

Maple Days for Scouts 

Sunday, January 29, 1-2:15 pm 

Sunday, January 29, 3-4:15 pm

Sunday, February 5, 1-2:15 pm   

Sunday, February 5, 3-4:15 pm 

Sunday, February 26, 1-2:15 pm   

Sunday, February 26, 3-4:15 pm

Explore the process of maple sugaring at Cincinnati Nature Center! We’ll trek into the woods to collect maple sap by hand, then head to the sugarhouse to watch how the sap is turned into maple syrup. Preregistration required. $10 a scout and siblings over 4. Each child must attend with a parent or leader. Leaders may receive one free adult ticket for every six child tickets purchased. Limit two per group. Adults $10.  

Scout Night Hike 

Saturday, March 4, 7-8:15 pm 

Experience the Nature Center in a whole new light! In this special after-hours program, we’ll explore our trails and observe wildlife by the light of the moon. Preregistration required. $10 a scout and siblings over 4. Each child must attend with a parent or leader. Leaders may receive one free adult ticket for every six child tickets purchased. Limit two per group. Adults $10.  

Webelos Castaway Badge 

Sunday, March 19, 1-2:30 pm  

Join us for an afternoon of learning wilderness skills! This program meets all of the Webelo Castaway badge challenges, including lighting fires without matches and building shelters. Preregistration required. $10 a scout and siblings over 4. Each child must attend with a parent or leader. Leaders may receive one free adult ticket for every six child tickets purchased. Limit two per group. Adults $10. 

Introduction to Outdoor Cooking and Shelter Building for Girl Scouts 

Sunday, March 19, 3-4:30 pm  

Join us for an afternoon of learning outdoor skills! We will build our own fire and then make a healthy snack over the flames. We will also learn the basics of making a free-standing shelter. This program can meet the Wilderness Survival Fun Patch requirements. Preregistration required. $10 a scout and siblings over 4. Each child must attend with a parent or leader. Leaders may receive one free adult ticket for every six child tickets purchased. Limit two per group. Adults $10. 

Scout Earth Day Hike

Sunday, April 23, 1-2:15 pm  

Sunday, April 23, 3-4:15 pm 

Celebrate the Earth the scouting way! In this program, we’ll go on a one-mile hike and explore the Nature Center’s efforts to preserve wildlife and wild places. This badge meets many of the requirements of the Daisy Green Petal, Brownie Hiker Badge, and the Earth Day Fun Patch for Girl Scouts. This program also meets the requirements of Cub Scout Wolf Paws on the Path. Preregistration required. $10 a scout and siblings over 4. Each child must attend with a parent or leader. Leaders may receive one free adult ticket for every six child tickets purchased. Limit two per group. Adults $10. 

Brownie Shapes in Nature Badge Introduction 

Saturday, May 6, 1-2:30 pm 

Saturday, May 6, 3-4:30 pm  

Nature is full of colors and shapes! We’ll head out on the trail for this new badge to explore beauty hidden in the forest. Preregistration required. $10 a scout and siblings over 4. Each child must attend with a parent or leader. Leaders may receive one free adult ticket for every six child tickets purchased. Limit two per group. Adults $10.  

 

Daisy Design with Nature Badge

Sunday, May 7, 1-2:30 pm

Sunday, May 7, 3-4:30 pm 

Join us for a forest hike and birdwatching as we complete this new nature badge! We’ll have fun using our math skills to learn more about the animals and plants at the Nature Center. We’ll be hiking over uneven surfaces, with some hills. Please wear good outdoor clothes and sturdy shoes. Preregistration required. $10 a scout and siblings over 4. Each child must attend with a parent or leader. Leaders may receive one free adult ticket for every six child tickets purchased. Limit two per group. Adults $10.