Girl Scout Programs

We offer hikes and badge programs for all age groups.

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October Badge Program: Night Owls

Cadettes: Join us for an exciting evening of outdoor exploration at the Preserve! 

Scouts take an excursion into the night, discovering the night life of the forest and stream, with the sounds of the city in the background. We'll hone our senses in the dark, and keep our ears open for Great Horned and Barred Owls. Juniors are welcome to join us. 

Please note that we must have an additional chaperone for each 7 Scouts. Please volunteer!

When: October TBD, 6:30-9:00 pm
Fee: $20/Scout
Pre-Registration Required.


Email Scout Programs Leader Linda Reed with questions:

Nature Hike

Program Length: 60 minutes
Program Fee: $75.00 minimum; $8 per scout for groups 10 or more. 
Program Description: Join a Blue Heron Naturalist for a guided nature hike around the Preserve. We will explore our woods, creek and meadows as we learn to identify the native plants and animals that inhabit the Preserve.

Badge Programs

Program Length: 2 hours
Program Fee: $90.00 minimum. $12 per scout for groups of 8 or more.  
Program Description: Badge programs at BHNP are designed to meet most or all the requirements of your Girl or Boy Scout badge, pin, loop and other awards related to the outdoors and the environment. Each program includes time outdoors exploring the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, so please come prepared with outdoor clothing and shoes, insect repellant and a reusable water bottle. Don’t see what you are looking for? Contact Amy with the requirements your group is looking to complete, and we will design a program for you! Continue reading to explore the options we offer.



Letterboxer – The ultimate treasure hunt!  You and your sisters work together to decipher clues to find hidden letter boxes, and collect stamps in your own log book, then create your own Letterboxer adventure!
Hiker – Get ready to get out in the great outdoors and make your hike the greatest experience ever! Create your own GORP to take along!
Bugs – Go on a buggy hike to find out about the creepie crawlies out in the forest and in the gardens. Explore which ones are beneficial or pesky, and tickle your taste buds with a little honey!
Senses – Use your senses, girl! We will explore the forest with our ears, eyes, taste buds and noses, and even find a mystery tree with our fingers!


Gardener – As we explore the BHNP, we’ll find out how many ways there are to create gardens. Let’s get a little dirty exploring soils and what plants need to grow up healthy, then we’ll plant seeds to grow at home.
Flowers – A flower is just a flower, right? No way! There’s more to a flower than just its good looks. Dissect a flower to see how it works, and find out how flowers can be helpful to you. We’ll make newspaper flower pots to start your own flower garden.
Animal Habitats – Did you ever wonder who lives in your backyard? Let’s explore the forest and Nancy creek, discovering where the wild animals go, what they need and where they hide their babies. Then we’ll make our own wild animal nest using materials we find in the forest!
Outdoor Art Explorer– Our art & environmental educator will lead your troop in an engaging five-step process that puts nature at your fingertips and art in your heart. We’ll design projects in a variety of mediums, make music outside, and tap into our creative voices through favorite animals, inspiring original works and maybe even a life-long love of art and nature.


We welcome Girl Scouts to the Preserve to complete any of their highest awards. We also welcome Girl Scout troops to the Preserve for individual or group programs.

Contact Amy,Education Director, to inquire:

Local Girl Scout Clara completed her Silver Award with us at our Doggie Daze event, and it was a hit! She set up a dog wash for all the dogs coming back from hikes on the trails or in the creek, and people were very appreciative. 

“I really loved getting to participate in this neat community event! Meeting dogs of all shapes and sizes and their owners was a highlight for me.”

Thanks Clara!



Scouting Badges Available

We have beautiful badges to order and purchase for all scouts. 

This badge fills the requirement of a visit to a nature preserve.

Contact Amy Zvonar, Education Director, to pre-order: