Boy Scout Programs

We can help your Boy 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! 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.

Having a natural experience through our Scout Outings is another option. Scouts can learn how to make maple syrup, apple cider, review their map and compass skills, or experience the forest in the dark--if you dare! Ready to book your program? For information on setting up a visit, or more details about the program, visit Pricing and Scheduling or contact the Scout Coordinator.


Backyard Jungle:  Get outdoors to discover bugs, birds, and animals that live at Tenafly Nature Center! This adventure is best done Spring-Fall. Length = 1.5 hours.

In the Wild: Take a hike! On this adventure, you will learn how to be a Tiger in the Wild. This adventure is best done Spring-Fall. Length = 1.5 hours (Requirements 1-4, 6 and 7).


Finding Your Way: Maps and compasses are tools that have helped travelers for hundreds of years know if they are headed in the right direction. In this adventure, you will learn to read maps and use one on a hike. You’ll also get to make your own map and use a compass on a scavenger hunt. This adventure is best done Spring-Fall. Length = 2 hours.

Paws on the Path: Exploring far-away mountains. Traveling through deep, dark jungles. Crossing hot, dry deserts. The adventurers that mastered these journeys got their start on a short hike, just like the one you and your Wolf den are about to take! In this adventure, you will use your Scouting outdoor skills and learn more about the natural world around you. This adventures is best done Spring-Fall. Length = 2.5 hours.


Fur, Feathers, and Ferns: Grab your binoculars and start exploring the natural world! In this adventure you will explore the world of mammals, birds, plants, and more. You will learn more about where wild creatures live and you will do your part to help them. You will practice the Outdoor Code by showing ways to be considerate in the outdoors. This adventure is best done Spring-Fall. Length = 2 hours.


Castaway: To survive in the wilderness, you need to learn survival skills long before you have to use them. This adventure will help you learn some of these important skills in case you ever get lost. Learning these skills will make you a better Scout and increase your chances of survival in an emergency. This adventure is best done Spring-Fall. Length = 3 hours (Requirements 1a, 1c, 2a, 2c, 2d, 2f, 2g). Fire: 3 h 30 m (1a, 1b, 2a, 2c, 2d, 2f, 2g)**

Into the Wild: Do you wonder what makes the howling, hooting, whistling, and humming sounds you hear at night? Do you wonder where flocks of birds are going when they fly overhead? When you go “into the wild,” you will begin to understand some of the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects that live with us day and night and how they contribute to the world in which we live. This adventure is best done Spring-Fall. Length = 2 hours.

Into the Woods: Trees and plants play important roles in nature. In this adventure, you will get to learn about the plants and trees in your community by exploring Tenafly Nature Center. As you go into the woods in this adventure, you’ll learn what trees and plants do for us and for animals and why taking care of them is important to our planet’s well-being. This adventure is best done Spring-Fall. Length = 1.5 hours.

Walkabout: Hiking is walking with a purpose. It is great exercise and a fun activity to do with your den or family. In the Webelos Walkabout adventure, you’ll learn how to prepare for a hike, what you should bring along, and what you should do if there is an emergency. During your den hike, you’ll also have the chance to do a service project. This adventure is best done Spring-Fall. Length = 3.5 hours.

Requirements that will be offered until June 2016

Forester: Visit TNC with your den and take time to notice the forest that surrounds you. You will learn about the forest and why it is important to conserve this land. This badge is best done Spring-Fall. Length= 1.5 hours.

Geologist: Learn about our local geology and the processes that created it! Located on the Palisades, TNC offers a unique geological site to complete this badge. This badge can be done in any season. Length = 1.5 hours.

Naturalist: There is so much to learn about outdoors! Through these achievement activities your scout will develop an appreciation of and respect for the world around him. This badge can be done in any season. Length = 1.5 hours.

Outdoorsman: Camping can be so fun! Be prepared -- learn all about the do's and don't of this outdoor activity before you go on an overnight trip with your fellow scouts, family, or friends. This badge cannot be completed at TNC, but we can help you complete five requirements of this badge. Length = 3.5 hours, 4 hours if done with a campfire.**

**Can add a 30 minute campfire to a session for an additional $50.

Boy Scouts

Bird Study Merit Badge Workshop- Full, but accepting individuals for a wait list.
April 30, 2016. 9:00 am-2:30 pm, with a half hour break for lunch. 

Cost: $40 per scout. 

Enjoy the outdoors and learn how to identify some of NJ’s most common inhabitants. With a little pre-study (Participants must obtain and read the Bird Study Merit Badge Book), you’ll complete all of the requirements in this one day field class! Adults are welcome to join at the rate of one per scout. Space is limited: Minimum: 4 scouts. Maximum: 10 scouts. 

Mammal Study Merit Badge Workshop 
September 10, 2016. 12:30-3:30 pm

Cost: $25 per scout. 

Learn about classification, food chains, and do a service project to help local mammals. Adults are welcome to join at the rate of one per scout. Space is limited: Minimum: 4 scouts. Maximum: 10 scouts. 

To register or for more information, please contact the Scout Coordinator.

Upcoming events

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 4:00 PM (EDT) • TNC Visitor Center
Monday, May 02, 2016 1:30 PM (EDT) • TNC Visitor Center
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • TNC Visitor Center

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