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Girl ScoutS Programs
TNC Environmental Educators can lead your scouts in an exploration of the wonders of the natural world and help your scouts earn any of several nature or environmental science badges. Hands-on learning, close observations with live animals and artifacts from our 380-acre living museum bring badges to life! Seasonal programs like apple cider making and maple sugaring and evening programs like night hikes and campfires are also available for scouts to participate in.

If a subject or badge that interests you does not appear below, please contact the Scout Coordinator for more information.
Scout Field Trip Programs (at TNC)
Scout TNC to Go Programs (at your location)
Girl Scout Field Trips Programs
Designed to be taught at Tenafly Nature Center, however you can also schedule a TNC to Go program (at your location) to participate in some of these same experiences.
Sample Schedule Field Trip Program Evening Program
4:15 pm Arrive at TNC & Light Snack
4:30 pm-5:00 pm Program Option (ex. Tigers: My Tiger Jungle)
5:00 pm-5:30 pm Campfire Add-on
5:30 pm Depart TNC Arrive at TNC
5:45 pm-6:45 pm Campfire
6:45 pm-7:45 pm Night Hike
7:45 pm Depart TNC

(All program times are listed in description)
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Daisies
Rose Petal: Make the World a Better Place
1.5 hours (Any season)
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!
Green Petal: Using Resources Wisely
1.5 hours (Any season)
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!
Eco Learner
1 hour (Any season)
Learn how to give back to nature with games and stories. Together we will play games, explore a path as we learn how to keep living things safe in nature.
Brownies
Bugs Badge
1.5 hours (best done in Spring, Summer, and Fall)
Bugs help us in lots of cool ways. Explore the world of bugs and learn more about these little creatures that do so much.
Eco Friend Badge
1.5-2 hours* (best done in Spring, Summer, and Fall)

It’s great to treat our outdoor spaces with kindness. Help the outdoors by taking an eco-hike. Observe animals and objects in nature and “leave no trace” of your activities. This badge will explore ways to be a good guest in nature.

*Include a campfire add-on for a more complete experience.

Hiker Badge
1.5 hours (Any season)
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!
Household Elf Badge
1 hour (Any season)

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.

($)Contains Scout Programs Materials Fees

Outdoor Adventurer
2.5-3 hours* (best done in Spring, Summer, and Fall)

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!

*Include a campfire add-on for a more complete experience.

Senses Badge
1.5 hours (Any season)
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!
Juniors
Animal Habitats Badge
1.5 hours (Any season)
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!
Camper Badge
2-3 hours* (Any season)

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.

*Include a campfire add-on for a more complete experience.

Eco Camper Badge
2-2.5 hours* (best done in Spring, Summer, and Fall)

Learn the skills for minimal impact camping and how to protect the environment when you go outdoors. Learn the principles of Leave No Trace and share them with your troop, pack an ecofriendly snack and take a conservation hike.

*Include a campfire add-on for a more complete experience.

Flowers Badge
2-3.5 hours (best done in Spring and Summer)

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!

($)Contains Scout Programs Materials Fees

Gardener Badge
2 hours (best done in Spring, Summer, and Fall)

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!

($)Contains Scout Programs Materials Fees

Geocacher Badge
3-3.5 hours (Any season)
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!
 
Cadettes
Trees Badge
3-4 hours (Any season)
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!

Accessibility at TNC
Many TNC programs 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 needs (educational requirements resulting from learning difficulties, physical abilities, or emotional and behavioral difficulties). This enables us to make accommodations to meet your group’s needs.

 


Program LengthField Trip Minimum Fee (Friday-Sunday)Field Trip Minimum Fee (Monday-Thursday)
1 hour Program$12/person $120 min$10/person $100 min
1.5 hour Program$18/person $180 min$15/person $150 min
2 hour Program$24/person $240 min$20/person $200 min
2.5 hour Program$30/person $300 min$25/person $250 min
3 hour Program$36/person $360 min$30/person $300 min
Program LengthEvening Programing <30 people(Friday-Sunday)Evening Programing <60 people(Friday-Sunday)
1 hour Program$250$400
2 hour Program$350$550
Program LengthEvening Programing <30 people(Monday-Thursday)Evening Programing <60 people(Monday-Thursday)
1 hour Program$200$350
2 hour Program$300$500

Add-ons:
1) Animal Sponsorship: $60
2) Campfire Add-on: $60
3) Butterfly House: $3 per person

Additional Program Fees:
1) Apple Cider Making Press Fee: $60
2) ($) Scout Programs Materials Fees (for select programs

  • $25 for up to 15 scouts
  • $50 for more than 15 scouts

3) Additional Evening Program participants
(with approval of scout coordinator only):

  • 1 hour: $10 each
  • 2 hours: $15 each

Merit Badge Counseling

  • Members: Free for up to 3-hours (annually) for select individual Merit Badge Counseling with TNC Merit Badge Counselor (min. TNC for Two Level)
  • Non-Members: $35/hour

Merit Badge Workshop
See upcoming workshops for current pricing

  • No additional charge for scout leaders.
  • Maximum group size is 30 participants per TNC educator (scouts, parents, and siblings combined).
  • Programs require one leader per group and one adult chaperone per five scouts who may attend for free.
  • In order to obtain adequate staff, advance notice of additional students and adults is required. We reserve the right to limit the number of non-registered participants on the trail to the number originally registered on the confirmation form.
  • If your funds are limited, please consider applying for a scholarship (we strive to make nature accessible to everyone).



Begin booking by filling out the form here

(All programs are 1 hour)
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Apple Cider Making (September-November Only)
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.
Maple Sugaring (February-March Only)
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.
Pond Ecology (late April through early October)
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.
Seasonal Discovery (Fall/Winter/Spring)
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.
(All programs are 1 hour)
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Batty for Bats
(April-September Only)
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.
Campfire
Available all year
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.
Night Hike
Available all year
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.
Owl Prowl
Available all year
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.
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Animal Sponsorship (all year)
Help support the animal ambassadors that live at TNC, in conjunction with a scheduled field trip. Enjoy a 30 minute up close visit and Q&A session with your sponsored animal. All school & summer group sponsorship’s receive a thank you package which includes: a group photo with the animal, certificate, photograph of sponsored animal, recognition in our newsletter, species information and animal’s biography.

Fee: $60
Butterfly House (open 2nd week in June-October*)
Campfire Add-on (all year)
Enjoy 30 minutes of roasting marshmallows and making s’mores around a toasty fire

Fee: $50
Guided Seasonal Walk (all year)
Before or after your scheduled programs, enjoy a guided trail walk along one of our trails, led by a TNC staff member.

Fee: $50-$75 (30-60 minutes)
Self-guided Seasonal Walk (all year)
Before or after your scheduled programs, grab a trail map and guide your students along one of our trails.

Fee: Free

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 Programs Available All Year
(All programs are 45-60 minutes, unless otherwise noted)
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Creatures of the Night
Discover what really makes an animal nocturnal and what they need to survive. Meet several live animals who are most active at dawn, dusk, or night. Learn how the earths surface is affected by sunlight and about the amazing adaptations some of these animals possess to thrive as they roam the nighttime landscape.
 
Endangered NJ
Best for scouts in 3rd grade and up. 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.
 
Hanging with the 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.
 
Remarkable 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.
 
Who Goes Whoo
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.
 
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.
 

TNC To Go Add-Ons
Animal Sponsorship
Help support the animal ambassadors that live at TNC, in conjunction with a scheduled TNC to Go program.

Enjoy an additional 15-30 minute up close visit and Q & A session with your sponsored animal. All scout group sponsorship’s receive a thank you package which includes: sponsored animal sticker or collectible trading card for every student, a certificate, photograph of sponsored animal, recognition in our newsletter, species information and animal’s biography.


 1st HourConsec. Hour
Bergen County  
<30 participants$225$135
>30 participants$375$300
   
Up to 1-Hour Away  
<30 participants$225$135
>30 participants$375$300
   
NYC Boroughs  
<30 participants$350*$135
<30 participants$500*$135
  • No additional charge for scout 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.
  • 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 classes 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 consider applying for a scholarship (we strive to make nature accessible to everyone).