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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.

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. Daisies: Eco Learner)

 

 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


Girl Scout Field Trip Programs Available All Year 

(All program times are listed in description)

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Daisies


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!


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!


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 help us in lots of cool ways. Explore the world of bugs and learn more about these little creatures that do so much.


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.


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!


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


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.


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


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!


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.


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 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


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


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


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!

Seasonal Scout Field Trip Programs

(All programs are 1 hour)

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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.


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.


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.


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.

Evening Scout Field Trip Programs

(All programs are 1 hour)

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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.


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.


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.


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.

Scout Field Trip Add-Ons

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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


Enjoy 30 minutes of roasting marshmallows and making s'mores around a toasty fire

Fee: $50


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)


Before or after your scheduled programs, grab a trail map and guide your students along one of our trails.

Fee: Free

Scout Field Trip Pricing

 

Field Trip Minimum Fee

Evening Program
<30 people

Evening Program
<60 people
 1 hour Program $10/person
$100 min
 $175  
1.5 hour Program  $15/person
$150 min

 
 2 hour Program $20/person
$200 min
 $260 $480 
 2.5 hour Program $25/person
$250 min
   
 3 hour Program $30/person
$300 min
   

Add-ons:

  1. Animal Sponsorship: $60
  2. Campfire Add-on: $50
  3. Butterfly House: $2 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
  • 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).

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 groups needs.


Scout TNC to Go Programs

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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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.


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.


“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.


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.


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.


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.

   

TNC to Go Pricing

Optional Add-Ons: Animal Sponsorship $60


 1st Hour  Consec. Hour
 Bergen County    
 <30 participants  $225  $135
 >30 participants  $375  $300
     
 Up to 1-Hour Away    
 <30 participants  $250  $135
 >30 participants  $400  $300
     
 NYC Boroughs    
 <30 participants  $350*  $135
 >30 participants  $500*

 $300

  • 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).


Scout Remote Learning Programs

In response to physical learning limitations, TNC has adapted it's in-person programming to provide virtual learning opportunities. So that we may encourage learning environment for you and your students no matter the limitations.

Bring the field trip to you and your scout meeting, virtually! Dive into nature with a TNC educator as they present programs live with easily accessible technology. Your scouts will have the ability to ask and answer questions about what they observe in real time.

Remote Learning Programs Available All Year

(All programs are 30 minutes)

Critter Cams
Meet a Tenafly Nature Center Animal Ambassador virtually! During this virtual learning opportunity, scouts will learn about the history of the animal, how and where it lives and some fun facts! Questions and answers are all part of the program too!

Remote Learning Pricing

 

 30 Minutes

 Up to 30 participants  $60


  • No additional charge for scout leaders.
  • Maximum group size is 30 participants per TNC educator.
  • Programs are offered via Zoom.
  • Link to program is given two days prior to program.
  • If your funds are limited, please consider applying for a scholarship (we strive to make nature accessible to everyone).


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