Our educators lead Scouts through the various habitats of a 7.5 acre organic garden 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 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.
Insect Inspector* - Collect insects and other arthropods while accomplishing five of the six requirements for the GSNeTX Council Specific Insect Inspector badge!
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!
Inside Insects* (Seniors, Ambassadors too) Meet a few of the insect residents at Texas Discovery Gardens and complete all of the required steps for the Insect Badge!
ALL PROGRAMS- All participants receive a Texas Discovery Gardens patch. Programs with an asterisk fulfil some 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 their 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.
Program Cost: $5 per scout; 5 scout minimum/30 scout maximum per hour. 1 Free Adult per 10 Scouts.
Butterfly House Cost: $4 per scout. $6 Adults.
Combination package*: $8 per scout; 5 scout minimum/30 scout maximum per hour. *Includes one scout program and the Butterfly House.
One adult free per 10 children; $8 for additional adults.
Availability: We offer scout programs after school and on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 am to 4 pm.
To book a scout program, complete the following:
1. Contact our Booking Department at (214) 428-7476 x 343 to set a date and time for your program.
2. Submit a 50% non-refundable deposit.*
3. Booking confirmation will be emailed or faxed to you as a completed invoice.
*Remaining fees due two weeks before arrival. We accept check, VISA, MasterCard, and/or cash.