Chicago Botanic Garden


Scout Programs

PHOTO: Scout Programs

Scouts can participate in fun, outdoor, educational activities all year long. Programs take place throughout the Chicago Botanic Garden, enabling Scouts to explore different environments in Chicago's north shore suburbs. Scouts will participate in a wide range of challenging activities designed to help them advance through scouting levels. Hands-on activities range from seed planting to native habitat walks to insect exploration and more!


For more information about our Scout programs, please call (847) 835-8239.

rave reviews

"Thank you very much for the excellent Naturalist and Forester programs. The boys had a lot of fun and learned a lot (so did the parents)!"

"The girls especially liked the train garden and the Japanese garden. You were very organized and the girls seemed to like everything they did. I would highly recommend that program for other scout troops."

"Thank you for the great campout last weekend. The kids have been talking about it as one of the major highlights of their summer. You both are such enthusiastic teachers and your energy sure rubbed off on all of us to make it a fun night."

CUB Scout Programs
Girls' Science programs

Scouts can work towards earning their badges Monday through Friday after school and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. year round.

Seasonal Workshops

Scout Seasonal Workshops are a great opportunity for both Girl and Boy Scouts to work together and learn about the environment. All participants earn a Chicago Botanic Garden patch.


Come and pitch your tents in our Outdoor Classroom for a low-stress camping experience—with flush toilets and running water! Enjoy nature games and activities, go for a night hike, and cook s'mores. Three Saturday night campouts are scheduled each fall and spring. Campouts fill quickly so book yours early!

Environmental Science Merit Badge Workshop

Railroading Merit Badge Workshop