Scouts explore the various sections of our 7.5 acre organic gardens and butterfly habitat.
Planned activities during the tour will not only increase scouts' garden and outdoor knowledge, but will help scouts fulfill badge requirements.
We are conveniently located in Fair Park, close to many other museums offering other youth-based exhibits and activities.
Green Petal Power* - Using Resources Wisely comes to life as Daisies complete all Green Petal requirements and learn what they can do with leftover fruits and veggies. As the girls explore our gardens, they will collect the requirements for their Compost Bucket!
Rose Petal* - Daisies earn their Rose Petal by planting a seed and exploring the gardens. Which animal reuses leaves for its home? Come find out!
Daisy Flower Garden - Daisies plant their own Mini-Garden and explore six special gardens, where they find out ways to make the world a better place. This program ‘plants the seed’ for the Golden Honey Bee Award.
All About Animals - Meet three of the display animals at Texas Discovery Gardens and see how the staff takes care of them! This is an excellent Session 5 for troops on the 3 Cheers Journey!
Between Earth & Sky - Learn about veggies, go on a Color Hunt in the Rose Garden, and plant a seed in this program! This program also provides ideas for the Clover Award.
Wonders of Water - Explore the different parts of the water cycle and make a Take-Home Terrarium! Explore four different water gardens and discover why water is so important to girls around the world.
Household Elf* - Learn what it means to be green and earn four of the five Household Elf badge requirements.
Bugs* - Get up close to four of our amazing arthropods at Texas Discovery Gardens! Then, discover more insects outdoors, including butterflies! Fulfills all badge requirements.
All About Energy - Each Junior creates Compost in a Bucket and measures their carbon footprint. This program also helps with the Energize and Investigate Awards!
Fantastic Flowers* - Juniors plant four different flowers as seeds in a take-home container, make a flower craft and discover the secrets flowers have inside! Accomplishes four of the five flower requirements.
Gardener* - Explore 7.5 acres of gardens, find plants that are perfect for Texas, and create experiments on the different needs of a plant! Three of the five requirements are completed.
Animal Habitats* - Juniors learn all about different animal habitats while finishing three of the five badge requirements.
Breathe - Cadettes learn about air pollution, make a Take-Home Terrarium, and see how they can make a positive impact on the world.
Tree-Mendous Trees* - Accomplish three of the five requirements for the Tree Badge while meeting the most interesting tree residents at Texas Discovery Gardens!
ALL PROGRAMS - All participants receive a Texas Discovery Gardens patch.
Programs with an asterisk - Fulfill some or all badge requirements.**
We have a number of 'Achievements' and 'Arrow-point' badge programs for younger Scouts. We also work with Scout Leaders to put together Webelos and Eagle Scout projects and have a number of Community Service opportunities for older Scouts.
Achievement 6: Start a Collection
Tour Texas Discovery Gardens and learn how we differentiate leaf types. Make a leaf collection to take home.
Elective 13: Birds
Learn about birds, their behavior, and their nests while exploring Texas Discovery Gardens.
Elective 15: Grow Something
Tour Texas Discovery Gardens and our greenhouses. Learn about propagation and start to grow a plant indoors.
Achievement 5: Sharing Your World with Wildlife
Discover urban animals and their habitats at Texas Discovery Gardens. Talk to a staff member about conservation and make a poster about your favorite creature.
Elective 12: Nature Craft
Group chooses one of the following:
a. Make shadow prints of three kinds of leaves.
b. Collect, press, and label 10 kinds of leaves.
c. Collect and label eight kinds of plant seeds.
Learn about local trees and forest plants, the wildlife that interacts with these plants, how these plants gather nutrients and energy, wildfires, tree rings, and urban forestry.
Spend some time with wildlife in an urban habitat and learn about local ecology including bird flyways, poisonous plants and reptiles, wetlands, and the importance of environmental protection and conservation.
Pricing and Booking Information
Program Length: Each program will last approximately one hour.
Single Program (Butterfly House NOT Included):
$6 per scout, 1 FREE Adult per 10 Scouts, $10 per additional adult;
5 scout minimum/30 scout maximum per hour-long program;
Butterfly House Only (Group Admission, NO program):
$5 per Scout, $6 per Senior 60+, $8 per Adult; 10 Person Minimum;
Program AND Butterfly House Combo*: $9 per Scout, 1 FREE Adult per 10 Scouts, $10 per additional adult; 5 scout minimum/30 scout maximum per hour-long program; *Includes one Scout Program and the Butterfly House (recommended).
Availability: We offer Scout Programs on our Scout Days, the 3rd Saturday of the month,* from 10 am to 4 pm. Scout Programs are also available on weekdays, after school, beginning at 3:30 pm.
*Scout Days run September to May, and are shifted around the State Fair of Texas for September and October. June to August programming is available on weekdays only, subject to educator availability.
Pogo Passes, Groupons, and other coupons for discounted or free admission do not apply for admission with a Scout troop.
To book a scout program, complete the following:
Contact our Booking Department via email or at 214.428.7476 x 343 to check dates and availability.
Complete a Scout Reservation Request Form.
Receive Booking Confirmation in the form of an emailed invoice.
Submit a non-refundable 50% deposit to guarantee your date and time.
Remaining fees can be paid in advance or on the day of your visit. Please note that any funds paid in advance cannot be refunded.