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Cub Scouts

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is proud to partner with Boy Scouts of America in central Ohio to offer educational, hands-on activities designed around scout adventures.

Programs (below) include lessons with hands-on activities and a take-home component (dependent on program). Each program will satisfy a portion of the required steps of each adventure. Conservatory admission is included with program fee during regular business hours (daily from 10am–5pm).

Know Before You Go:

  • All scouts, leaders and parents need to register and pay program fee if attending. Space is limited, we appreciate your understanding.
  • Admission to the Conservatory is included with paid program fee.
  • A scout leader or representative must attend with their group.
  • Parents/caregivers are not required to attend program. However, we invite these individuals to explore park grounds (free) or to explore the biomes and gardens (admission rates apply) during the program. Meet up with your child following the program to enjoy the Conservatory together.
  • Space is limited and programs are designed for specific age groups and adventure-related activities; we kindly ask for no siblings or tagalongs. We invite family members to explore park grounds (free) or to explore the biomes and gardens (admission rates apply) during the scout program. Thank you for your understanding!
  • If dates do not correspond with your group’s needs, please contact Hope Anuskewic to inquire about private scout programming.
  • Take-home components are for scout participants.

Programs

Lion Scouts (Kindergartners)
Ready, Set, Grow *New* Explore the amazing varieties of gardens and environments at the Conservatory. Learn gardening basics and plant seeds to create a garden at home.

Call to Schedule: 614-715-8158
Tiger Scouts (1st Grade)
Saturday, February 23, 1:30–3:30pm Tiger Bites Visit the Conservatory kitchen to learn nutrition basics and make tasty snacks from scratch!

Location: AEP Education Pavilion
Cost: $14 per scout/leader/participant
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Sunday, April 28, 10am–12pm Stories in Shapes Did you know the Conservatory is a great place to see and practice your art skills? Explore the Nature Art Studio to create with shapes and collage with natural materials.

Location: Learning Pavilion
Cost: $11 per scout, $10 per leader/adult
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Friday, October 11, 6–8pm Tigers in the Wild Tour the Conservatory grounds on a fun evening hike then enjoy s’mores around the campfire.

Location: Conservatory Room A/B
Cost: $10 per scout/leader/participant
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Wolf Scouts (2nd Grade)
Friday, March 15, 6–8pm Grow Something Almost all plants on Earth grow from seeds! Learn about seeds and their travels to become new plants. Receive seeds to conduct your own science experiment at home and create a mini garden to take home to remember all the fun.

Location: Conservatory A/B
Cost: $15 per scout, $10 per leader/adult
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Friday, August 30, 6–8pm Digging in the Past Calling all junior paleontologists, discover Ohio’s fossils and the story they tell. Have fun digging in the dinosaur pit and making your own fossil cast to take home.

Location: Learning Pavilion
Cost: $13 per scout, $10 per leader/adult
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Bear Scouts (3rd Grade)
Saturday, March 2, 10am–12pm Simple Meals *New* Create in the Conservatory kitchen while learning the tools of the trade. Scouts, put on an apron and roll up your sleeves, join us to make and enjoy brunch with your Cub Scout friends.

Location: AEP Education Pavilion
Cost: $18 per scout/leader/adult
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Saturday, March 23, 1:30–3:30pm Critter Care Do you think a butterfly would make a good pet? Visit the Conservatory to find out! Search for creepy crawlies on a fun bug hunt that ends at a tropical haven full of fluttering butterflies. Take home a Painted Lady caterpillar to raise and release into nature.

Location: Conservatory Room B/C/D
Cost: $14 per scout, $10 leader/adult
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Friday, April 5, 6–8pm Jr. Gardener Fur, Feathers and Ferns: Part 1
Dig deeper into the world of plants while getting dirty in the garden. Meet the Conservatory’s Red Wigglers-the worms that keep the gardens growing healthy.

Location: Learning Pavilion
Cost: $10 per scout/leader/participant
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Saturday, June 15, 1:30–3:30pm Critter Care Do you think a butterfly would make a good pet? Visit the Conservatory to find out! Search for creepy crawlies on a fun bug hunt that ends at a tropical haven full of fluttering butterflies. Take home a Painted Lady caterpillar to raise and release into nature.

Location: Conservatory Room A/B
Cost: $14 per scout, $10 leader/adult
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Saturday, September 14, 1:30–3:30pm Critter Care Do you think a butterfly would make a good pet? Visit the Conservatory to find out! Search for creepy crawlies on a fun bug hunt that ends at a tropical haven full of fluttering butterflies. Take home a Painted Lady caterpillar to raise and release into nature.

Location: AEP Education Pavilion
Cost: $14 per scout, $10 leader/adult
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Friday, October 4, 6–8pm Jr. Gardener Fur, Feathers and Ferns: Part 2
Hey Bears, complete your adventure with a one mile hike throughout the Conservatory grounds. Learn about the animals and plants that call this part of Ohio their home. Finish the evening off with s’mores around the campfire.

Location: Learning Pavilion
Cost: $12 per scout, $10 per leader/adult
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Webelo Scouts (4th & 5th Grade) *New*
Art Explosion Did you know the Conservatory is a great place to see and practice your art skills? Experiment with different art materials, visit the Nature Art Studio, and create an art piece to take home.

Call to Schedule: 614-715-8158
Cost: $15 per scout, $10 per adult
Saturday, September 21, 9–11am Into the Woods Trees, they provide shade on a sunny day, wood for building and the fruit we eat for breakfast. How different this world would be without trees?! Visit the Conservatory for a tree inspired walk and sip. Hot beverages and a tree inspired snack will be provided.


Location: AEP Education Pavilion
Cost: $13 per scout/leader/participant
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