Metro Parks Tacoma

Girl Scout Badge Workshops

Girl Scout Badge Programs

The Tacoma Nature Center is the ideal place for enjoying and learning about nature and the environment.  We offer council-wide Girl Scout badge workshops and individual troop programs for Girl Scouts.       

  • Call the Nature Center at (253) 404-3930 to register for a council-wide workshop.    
  • When registering, please have all scouts names and DOB ready.        
  • Dates fill quickly so register early. 
  • Adults are free and must provide appropriate adult:child ratio.
  • The workshops are designed for the scouts and siblings are not allowed to participate.      
  • Withdrawals with less than 48 hours notice are subject to a non-refund policy. Credit may be given for future registrations within Metro Parks Tacoma. Exchange of scouts in lieu of withdrawal allowed with a minimum of 24 hours notice.  

Girl Scout Workshops 

The Tacoma Nature Center is the ideal place for Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts to earn nature and outdoor badges. And now, girls can begin or continue their journey with workshops focusing on the "It's Your Planet - Love It" series.

Troops or individual Girl Scouts can register for these popular workshops and complete the needed requirements with hands-on activities, crafts, and guided hikes. 

  • Adults must accompany girls according to Safety-Wise rules. 
  • Girls registering individually must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Registration deadline one week before workshop date. 
  • Call (253) 404-3930 to register or for more information.
  • Download a flyer with all the workshops  here.

For Daisies:

Nature Center FrogDaisy Day at the Tacoma Nature Center                
May 18, 2019
9:00am - 12:00pm, $12/girl, adults free

A special day just for Daisies! Your senses will be your detective tools as you explore the world around you at Tacoma Nature Center. Discover the many ways that animals communicate and survive in the wild with games to test your own senses, a scratch ‘n’ sniff gift to make, and a visit with one of our animals. Daisies who are bridging to Brownies can earn their first badge, the Senses Badge. (Badge not included.) Must be a Daisy Girl Scout to attend.
Registration deadline: one week before each workshop.


For Brownie Girl Scouts:

Nature Center FrogHiker Badge
December 8, 2018 OR March 2, 2019
9:00am-12:00pm, $12/girl, adults free

Explore the trails at Tacoma Nature Center as Nature Detectives. Get tips through games and activities on the best clothing, gear and snacks to take on your next adventure. Earn the Hiker Badge while having fun with your friends! (Badge not included.)
Registration deadline: one week before each workshop.

 

Nature Center FrogWOW! LOVE Water Journey Workshop
February 2, 2019 OR March 16, 2019
9:00am-12:00pm, $12/girl, adults free

Snake Lake at Tacoma Nature Center is the perfect place to get to know the many ways water is used by people and wildlife. Enjoy a guided hike along our wetlands trail and discover ways to protect this precious resource, including how to fix a leaky faucet! Girls will earn the LOVE Water segment of the WOW! journey awards. (Award patch not included.) Must be a Brownie Girl Scout to attend.
Registration deadline: one week before each workshop.

 

Nature Center FrogBrownies, Bugs & Honey Bees
November 17, 2018 OR April 27, 2019
9:00am - 12:00pm, $12/girl, adults free

Get a close-up look at the amazing life of the honey bee, view our live indoor hive, make a beeswax candle, and take an insect safari hike.  Earn the Bugs Badge while getting to know our six-legged neighbors! (Badge not included.) Must be a Brownie Girl Scout to attend. Registration deadline: one week before each workshop.
 


For Junior Girl Scouts:

Nature Center FrogNight Howl for Scouts
Saturday, October 27, 2018           
6:00pm-9:00pm, $12/scout, adults free

A special night with the wildlife at Tacoma Nature Center just for Junior Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts ages 8-11. Take a guided night hike and hoot for owls, howl for coyotes, use your nocturnal senses, and learn survival skills. Speical Tacoma Nature Center patch included. Pre-registration required. This is not a GS badge earning workshop!

 

Nature Center FrogPier into Science for Girl Scouts
Saturday, November 17, 6:00 - 9:00pm
An exciting evening of discovery about Puget Sound just for Junior Girl Scouts at the Foss Waterway Seaport.  From the specialized creatures that live in the saltwater to the boats that travel across it, get a close-up view of life in the Sound from the pier and a research boat moored at the dock. Cookies, cocoa, and commemorative patch included. Pre-registration is required. This is not a GS badge earning workshop!
$16.00 per Scout, $8.00 per adult

  

Nature Center FrogAnimal Habitats Badge Workshop
November 3, 2018
9:00am-12:00pm, $12/girl, adults free
Discover the animals in the wetland and forest habitats of Tacoma Nature Center and the ways they build their homes, protect their young, and survive in the wild. Spend time with one of our teaching animals as you learn ways you can protect the habitats of our wild neighbors. Join the Champions of the Earth team with an invasive plant pulling service project. Earn the Animal Habitats Badge. (Badge not included.)
Registration deadline: one week before workshop

 

Nature Center FrogCamper Badge Workshop
December 1, 2018
9:00am-12:00pm, $12/girl, adults free
If you are ready to head out camping or just thinking about it, here is a great way to get prepared! Find out if you know the 10 Essentials, learn to tie knots, build a fire safely and how to find your way down a trail. Earn the Camper Badge and be ready for some overnight fun! (Badge not included.)
Registration deadline: one week before workshop

        

Nature Center FrogGet Moving! Energize Journey Workshop
January 26, 2019

9:00am-12:00pm, $12/girl, adults free
Go with the flow of energy that will be all around you as you become an energy detective, practice the 3Rs while you make your own paper, observe how animals move and communicate, and enjoy a guided hike outdoors.  Girls will earn the Energize segment of the Get Moving! journey awards. (Award patch not included.)
Registration deadline: one week before workshop

 

Nature Center FrogFlowers Badge Workshop
February 23, 2019 OR April 13, 2019
9:00am-12:00pm, $15/girl, adults free
Uncover the hidden secrets of flowers as you examine their structure in the lab, take a guided walk through their native habitat, and explore your creative side with a floral keepsake to take home. Earn the Flowers Badge. (Badge not included.)
Registration deadline: one week before workshop

 


For Cadette Girl Scouts:

Nature Center FrogLeader in Action Badge Workshop
October 13, 2018  CANCELLED
OR January 12, 2019        
9:00am-12:30pm, $15/girl, adults free

Learn what it takes to earn the LiA badge at this hands-on workshop. Tacoma Nature Center staff will teach the tips and tricks of exploring nature with younger children with games, outdoor hikes and activities. Work with staff to plan and prepare to lead activities of the Brownie WOW! Wonders of Water journey. Then put your skills into action at an upcoming Nature Center event or with your local Brownie troop, and earn your LiA! Must be a Cadette Girl Scout to participate.
Registration deadline: one week before each workshop.

 

Nature Center Frog

Trees Badge Workshop
March 9, 2019
9:00am-12:30pm, $15/girl, adults free

Get to the root of why trees place such a vital role in our lives, be a naturalist as you explore the forest ecosystem at Snake Lake, examine the tree house in Discovery Pond then design your own, and be inspired to create your own tree art.
Registration deadline: one week before workshop

  

Nature Center FrogWoodworker Badge Workshop
No dates set - available as a troop program - Call to schedule
$15/girl, adults free

Get your hands on basic tools to learn and practice the skills of a woodworker. If you think this will be fun, creative and practical, you’ve hit the nail on the head! Make a special project to take home while earning the Woodworker Badge. Must be a Cadette Girl Scout to participate.
Registration deadline: one week before each workshop.