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Girl Scout Programs

We can help your Girl Scouts earn any of several nature or environmental science badges. Through hands-on activities, games, and hikes through the woods, your scouts won't realize that they're learning! TNC Environmental Educators can lead your scouts in an exploration of the wonders of the natural world. Hands-on learning, close observations with live animals and artifacts from our nearly 400 acre living museum bring badges to life! All programs are marked with the season(s) they are best done in. Please check the program you’re interested in for the specific length. 

Scouts can also participate in any of our seasonal programs and learn how to make maple syrup, apple cider, review their map and compass skills, or experience the forest in the dark--if you dare! If a subject or badge that interests you does not appear below, please contact the Scout Coordinator for more information. or contact the Scout Coordinator.

    Scout Field Trip Programs

    Scout Field Trip Pricing:

       1 Hour  1.5 Hours  2 Hours  3 Hours
     Girl Scout Programs &
     Seasonal Programs
     $7 per person
     $70 deposit
     $10 per person
     $100 deposit
     $13 per person
     $130 deposit
     $19 per person
     $190 deposit
     Evening Programs  $160      
     Evening/Campfire Combo      $225  






    Additional Fees:
    • Half-hour Campfire: $50.
    • Apple Cider Press Rental Fee: $50

    Daisies


    • Scout Trip Add-Ons

      1. Butterfly House (30 min.)
        (open Memorial Day-October)

        Come visit our new 12 x 24' butterfly house filled with native butterflies. This add-on offers visitors a total immersion experience as it introduces scouts to the wonders of metamorphosis.

        Fee: $1 per person

      2. Self-guided Seasonal Walk
        (all year)

        Grab a trail map and guide your scouts on one of our trails.

        Fee: Free
      Daisy Rose Petal, Make the World a Better Place:
      Make the World a Better Place: Help the environment by cleaning it up and making it attractive to wildlife!  Together we'll make a craft from natural materials to help the planet! This Petal can be done in any season. Length=1.5 hours.

    • Daisy Green Petal, Using Resources Wisely: Learn all about what is recyclable- cans, bottles, water, even food waste! Together we'll make a craft from recyclable materials to help the planet! This Petal can be done in any season. Length=1.5 hours.

    Brownies

    • Bugs Badge: Bugs help us in lots of cool ways. Explore the world of bugs and learn more about these little creatures that do so much. This Badge is best done in Spring, Summer, and Fall. Length=1.5 hours.

    • Hiker Badge: Girl scouts love to sing hiking songs, pack fun and tasty snacks, and hunt for signs of animals and birds. Here’s what you need to know to become a Brownie hiker- get ready for adventure! This Badge can be done in any season. Length=1.5 hours.
    • Household Elf Badge: It’s great to have a clean home, and even better if it’s a clean, green home! In this badge, pick up some new household habits to help your family save energy, save water, and save the planet. This Badge can be done in any season. Length=1 hour. ($)
    • Outdoor Adventurer: What happens when you invite a friend to climb the tallest hill you can find, or buddy up to take a walk around your neighborhood at night? What do you see? What do you hear? There are so many amazing adventures waiting for you. So hang on, jump in, and get ready to explore the great outdoors! This Badge is best done in Spring, Summer, and Fall. Length=2.5-3 hours.**
    • Senses Badge: You have five senses that work together to let you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the world around you. Try all five in this badge! This Badge can be done in any season. Length=1.5 hours.

    ($): Materials fee of $25 for up to 15 girls; $50 for more than 15 girls.
    **: Can add a half-hour campfire for an additional $50.

    Juniors

    • Animal Habitats Badge: Imagine meeting a monkey or kicking up dust with a kangaroo. These animals live in the wild, so we don’t get to spend time with them in their natural homes-their habitats. But that doesn’t mean we can’t find out more about where they live, how they play, and how we can help them! This Badge can be done in any season. Length=1.5 hours.

    • Camper Badge: In this badge, plan a camping adventure!  You might watch a sky full of stars, cook a meal on a stick, or share silly stories around the campfire. And you’ll definitely learn some new outdoor skills as you take part in this favorite Girl Scout tradition. This Badge can be done in the evening in any season. Length=2-3 hours.**

    • Flowers Badge: Flowers are so beautiful, we bring them from the outside into our homes to add cheer to a room. But there’s more to flowers than just good looks. Without them, plants could not make seeds, and scientist think the world would be much drier (and a lot less pretty). Dig up more flower secrets in this badge! This Badge is best done in Spring and Summer. Length=2-3.5 hours. ($)

    • Gardener Badge: Creating a bright bouquet of fresh flowers, making a dish with garden-fresh herbs, growing a little green cheer inside with houseplants- these are all things a gardener gets to do. In this badge, dig your hands into the earth and spend time with soil, water, and sunlight to find out how to help life grow from a tiny seed. You can make your own garden- no matter where you live! This Badge is best done in Spring, Summer, or Fall. Length=2 hours. ($)

    • Geocacher Badge: Geocaching is your chance to be part global explorer, part detective. You’ll search for treasure chests, known as “geocaches,” using a device called a GPS receiver to find each chest’s secret hiding place. Get ready for a thrilling adventure! This Badge can be done in any season. Length=3-3.5 hours.

    ($): Materials fee of $25 for up to 15 girls; $50 for more than 15 girls.
    **: Can add a half-hour campfire for an additional $50.  

    Cadettes

    • Trees Badge: Grab your naturalist hat and get ready to get to know trees- from the shade to the science, the fruit to the forest, and the legends to the lumber. To know trees is to love them! This Badge can be done in any season. Length=3-4 hours.

    Seasonal Programs

    1. Apple Cidering: Scouts investigate simple machines and the differences in plant parts, as they use an old-fashioned screw press to make and sample fresh apple cider. In the process, they learn about the history of the cider making from colonial times to the present. This program is offered September to November. Length=1 hour. 

    2. Maple Sugaring: Scouts learn about the process of maple sugaring in North America by visiting our tapped Sugar Maple tree. (We encourage sap tasting, if enough has been collected.)  We demonstrate both Native American and colonial syrup-making techniques. We challenge scouts to try to distinguish between corn syrup and 100% maple syrup by taste alone. This program is offered in February and March. Length=1 hour.

    3. Pond Study: Using a variety of tools (dip nets, magnifiers, etc.) scouts will discover aquatic ecosystems and food chains participating in hands-on pond exploration. They will study diversity, adaptations and interrelationships among the organisms they find in the water, and will discuss how human activity impacts aquatic habitats. This program is offered April-September. Length=1 hour.

    4. Seasonal Walk: Scouts will explore the wonders the season brings to the forest. On a walk along the trails,scouts will learn the forest plants and animals, and how they respond to seasonal changes! Check out tracks in the snow in winter, calling frogs and migrating birds in the spring, native plants and wildflowers in the summer and colorful autumn leaves. This program is offered in any season. Length=1 hour.

    5. Map & Compass: Scouts learn the parts of a compass and how to use it to locate directions. Groups will apply this knowledge on the trails to follow pre-set courses to find "natural treasures" hidden outdoors. Extended versions of the program can include Orienteering. This program is offered in any season. Length=2-4 hours.

    Evening Programs

    1. Batty for Bats: One of the most misunderstood creatures this program concentrates on the one mammal that flies. After games and activities, scouts will journey outside to search for and listen to bats as they actively acquire their food. This program is offered April-September. Length=1 hour.

    2. Campfire: Songs, stories and fun filled activities around a campfire where no one is left out and everyone participates! Learn about the seasonal changes and forest animals, roast marshmallows, sip hot chocolate or cider. This program is offered in any season. Length=1 hour.

    3. Night Hike: Experience the forest without flashlights as you develop your night vision, play games, and listen for animals during a short walk on the trails. Stars, bats, frogs, and insects are just a few of the things you may encounter at night. This program is offered in any season. Length=1 hour.

    4. Owl Prowl: New Jersey is filled with night life and one of the more audible creatures of the night are its owls. After a short discussion about these winged wonders we will go outside for a walk in search of our night time feathered friends. This program is offered in any season. Length=1 hour.

    Accessibility at TNC

    Many of the programs Tenafly Nature Center offers can be altered to accommodate participants with special needs. We ask that you disclose pertinent information with a minimum of two weeks notice about any students that have any special needs (particular educational requirements resulting from learning difficulties, physical disability, or emotional and behavioral difficulties). This information enables us to make the necessary accommodations needed to meet the needs of your group.

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    Scout TNC to go Programs

    TNC to Go programs are designed to be taught at your location, however you can also schedule a field trip to Tenafly Nature Center to participate in these same experiences.

    TNC to Go Pricing

     1st Hour  Consecutive Hour
     Up to 30 Scouts (NJ & NY)  $200  $125
     Up to 30 Scouts (NYC boroughs)  $325*  $125*
     30+ Scouts (NJ and NY)  $350  $300
     30+ Scouts (NYC)  $475  $300
    • There is no additional charge for leaders.
    • *Additional fee is included to the first program fee for all New York City boroughs visits to cover NYC permit requirements.
    • A mileage charge of the current IRS rate per mile round trip is added to the program fee if the location is outside of Tenafly.
    • One parking space must be provided near the entrance of your location (if no parking is available at your site then a fee will be added to cover any associated garage fees).
    • Consecutive programs are programs held one right after another, for different groups, in the same location with no more than a 60 minute break between two of the programs. 
    • If your funds are limited, please contact the Scout Coordinator (we strive to make nature accessible to everyone).

    Current TNC To Go Programs (All programs are 45-60 minutes):

    1. Endangered NJ
      Learn about the major factors that threaten animals with endangerment and extinction worldwide. Through use of artifacts and live animals, participants will learn the status of select native New Jersey fauna. Activities are designed to raise awareness of New Jersey’s over 60 endangered species, and inspire participants to practice how they can help prevent threats to local wildlife.

    2. Heavenly Herps
      “Herps” (reptiles and amphibians) are among the most under-appreciated and misunderstood species of the animal world. This program will introduce students to live snakes, frogs, salamanders and turtles and highlight the characteristics which distinguish between reptiles and amphibians.

    3. Oogling Owls
      Students learn how these nocturnal raptors have adapted to night flight, as they observe our live resident owl. Your class will learn about NJ’s owls’ status by discussing the pros and cons of human interactions with these powerful and efficient predators.

    4. Rapp’n with Raptors
      Students will observe live raptors up close and learn about their behavior, physiology, adaptations, ecological importance and natural history. Hands-on artifacts and demonstrations will capture the imagination of young and old.

    5. The World Beneath Our Feet
      A hole in the ground is always mysterious as it invites curiosity and wonder. Learn about the creatures that live underground as we shed some light on the mysteries under our feet. Discover what other unseen organisms might share this world and how they affect our lives from below.