The Zoo offers an array of workshops for all levels of girl and boy scout troops. Programs are designed to meet the requirements for badges, and to build teamwork skills for scout troops.
Workshops range from two and a half to three hour sessions and usually include:
A Zoo exploration
Activities to help earn patches, badges, and more
An animal presentation
$15 per scout
Two troop leaders included for free
Parents stay for an additional $10 each
A non-refundable deposit of $20 is due two weeks after booking.
5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals!
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 talking about animal needs, how our zoo keepers communicate with animals in their care, and how those animals communicate with each other. They will also meet some of our animal ambassadors and work on a craft.
This experience will help fulfill sessions 1-6 toward earning their awards.
Welcome to the Flower Garden
Coming to the Zoo is a great way to learn about the resources animals and plants need and how to use them wisely. Scouts will explore the Zoo, meet some ambassador animals, plant a mini-garden, and learn what plants and animals need to survive.
This experience will help fulfill sessions 1, 3, & 4 toward earning their awards.
NEW! Between Earth & Sky
Visit Seneca Park Zoo as we explore the Zoo and the natural world around us! During this adventure, we will look for the many shapes, colors, and textures of nature, as we discover how unique animals and plants can be. We will also discuss how scouts can help protect the Earth.
This experience will help fulfill sessions 1-3, 5, & 8 toward earning their awards.
Wonders of Water
Water is everywhere and animals at the Zoo depend on it. Scouts will explore the Zoo talking about all the ways 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 toward earning their awards.
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 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.
NEW! Household Elf
Join us at Seneca Park Zoo as we learn about how 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.
Scouts will explore the Zoo learning about different animal habitats, what each animal needs to help them survive, and if anything is threatening their populations. Scouts will also create their own habitat for an animal, and discuss what they can do to help protect animals in their natural range.
This experience will help fulfill steps 1-5 of the Animal Habitats badge.
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.
NEW! Voice for Animals
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 dong 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.
Fur, Feathers, and Ferns
During this adventure, scouts will investigate some local and exotic animals that are endangered, and learn how Seneca Park Zoo is making a difference. We will also learn about composting and planting at the Zoo. Scouts will plant some herbs or vegetables to bring home to start their own gardens.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 1-7 of the adventure.
Paws on the Path
Join us for our Paws on the Path wolf adventure! We will hike around Seneca Park Zoo and identify the awesome animals that call it home, including some local animals. Scouts will play an interactive game where they will learn about wolves and the challenges they face in their natural range.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 1-3 & 5-7 of the adventure.
Tigers in the Wild
Join us on a Tigers in the Wild adventure! While exploring the Zoo, we will meet some local and exotic animals and learn how living by the Cub Scout Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids can help wildlife and their habitats. Scouts will also play an interactive game and have an up-close encounter with education animals.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 1, 2, 3a, 3b, 4, 6, & 7 of the adventure.
NEW! Backyard Jungle
Come to the Zoo for your Backyard Jungle adventure! Scouts will tour the Zoo talking about different animals from both nearby and far away. They will go on a 1-foot hike to discover all the wildlife living within their one-foot area, meet some animals up-close, and visit the tiger habitat here at the Zoo.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 1, 2, 4, & 5 of the adventure.
Into the Wild
Let us take you on a trek in nature to explore, observe, and learn about insects, amphibians, and reptiles 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 experience a live animal demonstration and leave with additional information on how to help protect the balance of nature.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 1, 2, & 4-9 of the adventure.
Work on your Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge at the Zoo! Learn about the role a veterinarian plays at the Zoo and the other jobs someone working at the Zoo might have while meeting some of the education animals. Speak with someone on the vet staff and learn about what it takes to become a veterinary technician or veterinarian, and tour the animal hospital here at the Zoo.
These three-hour workshops are offered on scheduled dates and times, or on a date of your choice with a 10 Scout minimum.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 1-6 of the merit badge.
Register for a variety of pre-scheduled workshops for all scouts throughout the year.
Workshops can also be requested at different times, including after school and weekends. A minimum of 10 scouts is required.