Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden is partnering with the Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana to provide opportunities for girls to earn badges through the National Leadership Journeys programs.
To check available dates please visit our 2013 Scout Program Calendar.
Minimum enrollment to reserve a date is 8 scouts. Siblings that participate in programs will be charged the scout rate.
Daisy programs include:
- Grow Your Garden Wild – A visit to our backyard pond reveals what can happen when invasive species are introduced into our natural habitats. Girls take a tour of one of the Zoo’s greenhouses and plant a flower friend of their own.
- 3 Cheers for Animals – In this unique story, girls discover what goes into caring for animals (shelter, space, food and water) as well as why some animals make good pets and others don’t. Daisies write their own story about the perfect pet.
- Escape on an Orchid Adventure – Girls journey through a tropical rainforest filled with blooming orchids and find out what makes an orchid and orchid. Girls learn how our exotic flower friends grow and spend time making a beautiful orchid craft.
Brownie programs include:
- Water is Wonderful – Explore the zoo’s special water needs and put on your scientist garb and test a variety of water samples to determine if the sample is safe to drink and if it will sustain life. Girls end the session brainstorming ways to conserve water and how to teach others what they’ve learned.
- A Mystery for A World of Girls – Animals in the zoo come from many exotic places and face many threats. Come solve the mystery of why some animals are disappearing and others are not. Help us find animals that have camouflaged themselves to protect their species and write a story about saving an endangered species to take home.
Junior programs include:
- Charge it UP! – Track the flow of energy through an ecosystem from the sun to top carnivores. An interactive game gets the girls involved in role play to reinforce the importance of every link in a food web.
Cadette programs include:
- Animal Ethics/Media – Discover the importance of leaving wild animals in the wild, choosing appropriate pets and doing what you can to preserve wildlife habitats. Discuss a service project to raise awareness in our community.
Senior/Ambassador programs include:
- Zoo Foods – Chart the Zoo’s FOOD print, visit our new commissary and learn what goes into deciding what our animals eat. Put on your hairnet and gloves and learn how to prepare diets for our animals. Finish your discussion by delving into how animals and humans compete for food.
- Zoo Careers – thinking about a career in the animal field? Visit the zoo and hear from our animal experts about career choices, education requirements, rewards and challenges of working with animals.
To check available dates please visit our
2013 Scout Program Calendar.
Looking for an exciting way to earn new badges – check out the new programs coming soon to the Zoo! Email [email protected] to schedule one of these new programs.
Legacy: Naturalist badge – The Amazing World of Bugs Bugs help us in lots of cool ways. Explore the world of bugs and learn more about these little creatures that do so much.
Gardner badge – It goes without saying that Girl Scouts must have gardens. Creating a bright bouquet of fresh flowers, making a dish with garden-fresh herbs, growing a little green cheer inside with house plants – these are all the things a Gardner gets to do.
Legacy: Naturalist – Flowers Flowers are so beautiful, we bring them from the outside into our homes to add cheer to a room. There are more to flowers than just good looks!
Animal Habitats – Come find out where animals live in the wild, their natural homes or habitats, how they play and what we can do to help them.
Animal Helpers – Animals offer us companionship, love and joy, but they also help humans in many other ways.
Voice for Animals – What to make informed choices and help others make them too? Join us to discuss the complex relationship between animals and humans.