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. Scouts will explore the Zoo and discuss what each animal needs to survive, find out how our zoo keepers communicate with animals under their care, and learn about the ways in which animals communicate with each other. They will also meet some program animals up close and work on a craft.
This experience will help fulfill sessions 1-6 of the journey.
Welcome to the Flower Garden
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 program animals up close, plant a mini-garden, and learn what plants and animals need to survive.
This experience will help fulfill sessions 1-4 of the journey.
NEW! Between Earth & Sky
Join us as we explore Seneca Park 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 different kinds of 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.
Wonders of Water
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 develop their own plan for saving water.
This experience will help fulfill sessions 1-4 of the journey.
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.
NEW! Household Elf
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 and talk about why conserving 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. They 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 threats 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.
Tigers in the Wild
Join us on a Tigers in the Wild adventure! While exploring the Zoo, 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. Scouts will also play an interactive game and meet some program animals up-close.
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 hike, discover the biodiversity of wildlife living within a 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.
Paws on the Path
Join us on a Paws on the Path adventure! We will hike around Seneca Park Zoo and identify the animals that call it home, including many local species. 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.
Fur, Feathers, and Ferns
During this adventure, scouts will investigate some animals that are endangered and learn what Seneca Park Zoo is doing to help save them. We will play an interactive game to learn about composting, and scouts will get to plant some seeds to bring home and start their own gardens.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 1-7 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 meet some Program Animals up-close and leave with additional information on how to help protect the balance of nature.
This experience will help fulfill requirements 4-9 of the adventure.
Come to the Zoo to learn about the many different types of veterinary medicine while also meeting some animals up close. Speak with someone from the Zoo’s animal health staff and learn about what it takes to become a veterinary technician or veterinarian. We will tour the Zoo’s animal hospital and observe what it is like to work here. Each scout will research a type of veterinary medicine, create a poster, and share their information with the rest of the group.
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.