Scout Programs

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.

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 x235 or x236 or to book your program.



3 Cheers for Animals

During this journey, the scouts will learn how animals are cared for. They will be able to link how they would care for their own pets to how wild animals are cared for in nature and at the zoo.

Make the World a Better Place

During this journey, the scouts will learn how zoos have helped the world through conservation. 



The girls will explore the world of bugs and learn more about these little creatures that do so much.


Brownie Scouts will use this badge to learn how to choose the pet that’s right for them, and make sure it stays happy and healthy.


The scouts will learn how the zoo’s education animals use their own senses to guide themselves through their surroundings.


In this workshop, the scouts will learn how zoo exhibits are built and the guidelines required to complete them.



The scouts will learn more about wild animals and how to protect different animal habitats.


Animal Helpers

In this badge, the scouts will learn the different ways animals help humans, and will explore the connections that we share.



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.


  • All programs must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Each program must have a minimum of 5 scouts. Please schedule early to ensure the availability of your preferred date.
  • A 50% non-refundable deposit is required upon receipt of contract. The remaining balance is due two weeks before the day of your program.
  • We do not offer refunds for cancelations or change of weather. Scout workshops are held rain or shine. Rescheduling is welcome.
  • Contact the Education Department at 610.277.3825 x235 or x236 or to book your program.
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