Seneca Park Zoo offers an array of workshops, both in-person and virtual, for all levels of scout troops. Programs are designed to meet badge requirements and build skills.
We are continuously monitoring COVID-19 regulations to ensure our programs are in compliance. For more information about our safety procedures for in-person workshops and our cancellation policy, please see our FAQs for education programs at the Zoo. For more information about our procedures for virtual workshops, please see our FAQs for virtual Zoo programs.
In-person workshops range from two-and-a-half to three hour sessions and usually include:
Virtual workshops range from 30 minutes to 1 hour and include:
Between Earth & Sky – offered virtually or in-person
During this adventure, we will look for the many shapes and colors found in nature, as we discover how unique animals can be. We will also discuss how scouts can help protect wildlife and wild places.
This experience will help fulfill sessions 1-3, 5 and 8 of the journey.
3 Cheers for Animals! – offered in-person only
Daisy scouts will learn about how animals are unique! They will discuss how animals communicate, move and what each animal needs to survive. Scouts will explore the Zoo and talk about animal needs, how our zoo keepers communicate with animals under their care, and how those animals communicate with each other. They will also meet some animals up close and work on a craft.
This experience will help fulfill sessions 1-6 of the journey.
Welcome to the Garden – offered in-person only
Coming to the Zoo is a great way to learn about the resources animals need and how to use them wisely. Scouts will explore the Zoo, meet some animals up close, plant a mini-garden, and learn what plants and animals need to survive.
This experience will help fulfill sessions 1, 3, & 4 of the journey.
Eco Learner– offered in-person only
Daisy scouts will learn ways to protect the environment as they have fun exploring nature! Scouts will play a game to show that they are prepared for an outdoor adventure. They will meet some program animals up-close to learn why it is important to protect nature from trash.
This experience will help fulfill steps 1-3 of the Eco Learner badge.
Wonders of Water– offered virtually or in-person
Water is everywhere and animals at the Zoo depend on it. Scouts will explore the Zoo talking about all the ways that animals need water, as well as how people need water, and why it is important to conserve it. Brownies will also go on a journey with Freddie the fish, discuss things they can do to help keep water clean, and create their own plan to save water.
This experience will help fulfill sessions 1-4 of the journey.
Bugs– offered in-person only
Brownie scouts will learn all about bugs! Scouts will meet some bugs up close, as well as explore the zoo looking for animals that depend on bugs. They will also be able to apply their new bug knowledge to making their own bug craft as they discuss why bugs are important.
This experience will help fulfill steps 1-5 of the Bugs Badge.
Household Elf– offered in-person only
Join us at Seneca Park Zoo as we learn about how to save energy and water, and make the Earth a nicer place for animals and people alike! We will tour the Zoo talking about why saving energy and recycling helps not only us, but all other living creatures as well.
This experience will help fulfill steps 1-3, & 5 of the Household Elf badge.
Eco Friend– offered in-person only
Brownie scouts will learn how to be a friend to nature as they practice the Leave No Trace principles on a hike through the Zoo. Scouts will show respect to wildlife and practice being kind as they explore the outdoors. They will observe animals and their homes and use their observations to create an art project.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 1, 2, 4 & 5 of the Eco Friend badge.
Animal Habitats– offered virtually or in-person
Scouts will learn about different animal habitats, what each animal needs to help them survive, and if anything is threatening their populations. They will discuss what they can do to help protect animals in their natural range.
This experience will help fulfill steps 1, 2 & 4 of the Animal Habitats Badge. The in-person workshop also completes steps 3 & 5.
Animal Helpers– offered in-person only
As they explore the Zoo, scouts will discuss the various connections between animals and humans. They will learn about how people’s feelings about certain animal species have changed over time. They will see amazing animal adaptations up close and make predictions about how animals can help humans in the future.
This experience will help fulfill steps 1 & 5 of the Animal Helpers Badge.
Voice for Animals– offered in-person only
Learn to be a voice for animals at the Zoo! Scouts will tour the Zoo discussing the problems animals face in their natural ranges, as well as what we are doing to help. We will also discuss animal welfare and the many ways animals are used around the world.
This experience will help fulfill steps 1, 2, 4, & 5 of the Voice for Animals badge.
Mountain Lion– offered in-person only
Come to Seneca Park Zoo for a Mountain Lion adventure! We will show our respect for animals and nature as we go on a learning hike throughout the Zoo and meet some animals up-close. Scouts will practice being prepared and safe during outdoor adventures through an interactive game.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 1-3 of the adventure.
Tigers in the Wild– offered virtually or in-person
Join us on a Tigers in the Wild adventure! We will observe animals and learn how living by the Cub Scout Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids can help wildlife and their habitats.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 1, 3 & 7 of the adventure.
My Tiger Jungle– offered in-person only
Come to the Zoo for your My Tiger Jungle adventure! Scouts will tour the Zoo talking about different animals from both nearby and far away. They will learn about local birds, meet some animals up-close, and visit the tiger habitat here at the Zoo.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 1, 3, & 4 of the adventure.
Paws on the Path– offered virtually or in-person
Join us on a Paws on the Path adventure! We will observe some of the awesome animals that live at Seneca Park Zoo, including some local animals. Scouts will explore outdoor safety and why being respectful to nature is important.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 1-4 of the adventure. The in-person workshop also fulfills requirement 5.
Into the Wild– offered virtually or in-person
Let us take you on a trek in nature to explore, observe, and learn about animals both at the Zoo and in their natural range. During this workshop, scouts will work on honing naturalist observation skills, identifying local animals, and discuss the importance of our aquatic ecosystem. They will also learn the importance of protecting the balance of nature.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 4-9 of the adventure.
Fur, Feathers, and Ferns– offered virtually or in-person
During this adventure, scouts will investigate some animals that are endangered and learn how Seneca Park Zoo is making a difference. We will observe animals and learn how scouts can help wildlife and their habitats.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 2, 3 & 4 of the adventure. The in-person workshop also fulfills requirements 1, 6 & 7.
Bird Study– offered virtually or in-person
During this workshop scouts will discover how birds can be indicators of the health of an ecosystem. We will practice our naturalist skills as we identify birds and sketch them in field notebooks. Scouts will observe birds to identify how they are adapted to their habitats. This workshop is taught by a certified merit badge counselor.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 1, 2, 4-7, and 10-11 of the merit badge.
During this workshop scouts will investigate what makes mammals unique as they observe the many mammals that live in Seneca Park Zoo. We will classify mammals, study the history of a local mammal, and trace mammals through food chains. Scouts will also develop a plan for a project that affects mammals in their backyard. This workshop is taught by a certified merit badge counselor. Download the Mammal Study Field Guide here.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 1, 2, 3c & 4g of the merit badge.