Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can participate in a variety of activities throughout the year. Many events and programs provide learning experiences and resources to fulfill badge requirements.

  1. Educational Events - Set up a scout booth at an event and create your own scavenger hunts to help the scouts learn about the topic. If you are interested in setting up a scout booth with a scavenger hunt at a museum event, please contact
  2. Nature Research Center : Visit one of the guided learning areas
    1. The Naturalist Center - Explore an extensive hands-on collection of specimens including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects, plants, fossils, minerals and more.
    2. There are 3 learning labs with a different focus in the Nature Research Center.
      1. Micro World Investigate Lab - Explore genetics, microscopic life, and more.
      2. Visual World Investigate Lab - Explore computer modeling, imaging and electronics and robotics.
      3. Natural World Investigate Lab - Explore the natural world using microscopes, scientific measuring instruments, and more.
  3. Offsite-Outreach Programs - Programs can be presented at group meetings. The majority of these offsite topics focus on the biology and life history of different animals, including DNA and scientific measurements.
  4. Prairie Ridge Ecostation: Visit the museum’s offsite field station
  5. Open Minds: Teen Science Café - On the First Friday of every month from October – April, middle and high school youth are invited to hear a scientist speak about his or her research, do a hands-on activity related to the topic, ask the scientist questions, and meet other teens who enjoy science. This is a great opportunity to meet experts from a variety of scientific disciplines.