Elmwood Park Zoo’s variety of workshops for Scouts provides them with opportunities to complete most or all of the necessary requirements for several conservation, nature, and animal-related badges. Each 50-60 minute workshop promises hands-on fun and learning with planned activities and up-close experiences with the zoo’s animals. Groups can also add fun activities, such as animal feedings, visits to Treetop Adventures, and ZooSnooze overnight campouts to their visits. Scouts will receive a badge at the end of their program and can earn additional badges for adding on a ZooSnooze or Treetop Adventures experience.
Boy SCOUT PROGRAMS
Tigers in the wild
Hike around the zoo to identify the different animals that you see while remembering the "Leave No Trace" principles.
My Tiger Jungle
As the scouts walk through the zoo, they will be able to identify animals through sight and sound. See what else they can find on their 1-foot hike.
Call of the Wild
Following the "Outdoor Code," scouts will walk the zoo to identify animals and learn how we prevent the spread of diseases.
Paws on the path
Hike around the zoo to identify animals, plants and insects while following the buddy system.
Furs, Feathers and Ferns
See how many endangered animals you can find while walking through the zoo, and discuss what could make them extinct in the future.
The scouts will follow leadership roles as they hike around the zoo to identify the more dangerous animals on exhibit. Some might surprise you.
In this workshop, the scouts will learn how zoo exhibits are built, and the guidelines required to complete them.
Each program costs $17.95 per person and includes one free adult per every 5 scouts. There are no siblings permitted in the program. Additional adults and siblings may enjoy the zoo for $10.95 per person during the program. Contact the Education Department at 610.277.3825 x240 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book your program.
There’s plenty of other activities we can add to your Boy Scout visit. We can add any of the below activities to your program for discounted rates!
Please note: some additional activities are seasonal.
We are also home to Treetop Adventures, Pennsylvania’s only zip line course that flies guests over animal exhibits! Many scout groups enjoy our fun and challenging courses, and your activity may count toward additional badge requirements.
Pair your daytime scout adventure with our zoo snooze camp out for extra fun. Discover what happens at the zoo after the sun goes down. Adding a ZooSnooze may count toward additional badge requirements. Visit ZooSnooze.com for current dates (June-October) and more information.
Merit Badge Workshops
Scouts will learn special characteristics of a bird and why they can be important to the ecosystem. Scouts will become familiar with the birds we have here at the zoo and which birds are native to Pennsylvania.
Workshop will cover requirements 1-7 only and scouts are in charge of completing requirement 8 after the workshop.
Reptile and Amphibian Study
Scouts will learn all about reptiles and amphibians. Scouts will become familiar with the reptiles and amphibians that live at the zoo and other species found in PA.
Workshop will cover requirements 1-7, 9b-c, and 10. We will offer information regarding Requirement 8b, but scouts must complete the time required outside of the workshop. Scouts may also use the information they learned during the workshop to complete requirement 9c after their visit and present to the rest of their pack.
In this workshop, scout will learn what makes mammals different than all other animals. Scouts will also learn about the mammals we have here at the zoo and which mammals they could also find native to Pennsylvania.
Workshop will cover requirements 1, 2, 3a, and 4g. Scouts are in charge of completing requirement 5 after the workshop.
Merit badge SCHEDULING INFORMATION
Each Merit Badge program costs $21.95 per person (scouts and leaders only) and includes one free adult per every 5 scouts. There are no siblings permitted in the program. Additional adults and siblings may enjoy the zoo for $10.95 per person while the program is taking place.
Workshop fee includes zoo admission for the day, an Elmwood Park Zoo patch, and the class. Elmwood Park Zoo patches will be handed to the leader at the end of the workshop for distribution after all requirements have been met.
Contact the Education Department at 610.277.3825 x240 or email@example.com to book your program.