Explore the Outdoors with Your Group
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary offers guided
trails, workshops, and service projects that are appropriate for all
types of groups with an interest in exploring the outdoors, including
Cub Scouts, Webelos, Brownies, Junior Girl Scouts, Campfire, Bluebirds,
and YMCA Guides.
Your group is also welcome to pay regular admission and tour the
Museum and Sanctuary on your own (admission is included with programs).
Between the museum and live animal exhibits, miles of hiking trails, and
picnic areas, there is something for every group!
Want a memento of your visit? Special Heard patches are available in the gift shop.
Scout Group Discount
If you have ten or more in your scout group, you
can prepay for your visit and take advantage of our scout group
discount of one free adult admission for every 10 paid general
admissions or workshops. Make a reservation for your group.
Two-hour Badge Workshops
Interested in earning a badge or looking for a fun nature-based
activity for your group? Our badge workshops might be just what you
need. Each two hour workshop is specifically geared to meet the
requirements for the listed organization’s badge, but they are open to
any interested groups. Dates offered: September through May, as
Fee: $15 per scout, $12 per adult. For every 10 paid scouts, get one
(1) adult free. This price includes museum admission for the day. Each scout must have a responsible adult in attendance at the workshop; one adult may bring up to 10 scouts.
Prefer to register by mail? Use these forms.
Guided Trails for Scouts
Experience the ecology, geology, flora and fauna of the Heard
Sanctuary. Led by our trained guides, your group will spend 45-60
minutes hiking our unique landscape. See the schedule below for dates. Have a group of 10 or more? We may be able to arrange a private hike for
your group; contact us for availability.
Spring 2016 Schedule
Available September through May, as scheduled.
- January 23, 2 p.m.
- February 20, 10 a.m.
- April 9, 10 a.m.
Fee: $9 per child (age 3-12), $12 per adult chaperone, admission to museum included. Each scout must have a responsible adult in attendance at the workshop; one adult may bring up to 10 scouts.
Prefer to register by mail or fax? Use these registration forms:
Boy Scout Merit Badge Workshops
Our Merit Badge workshops are led by Merit Badge Counselors and are
typically offered once or twice a year. Many requirements are completed
during each workshop, but some work may need to be done outside of the
workshop in order to complete all requirements. See individual merit
badge descriptions for more details.
Registration & Attendance Information
- Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Workshop fees are
non-refundable. If the scout is unable to attend the merit badge
workshop, we will do our best to reschedule for the next workshop.
Refunds will only be issued in the event that we must cancel or
reschedule a workshop.Click here to register for Environmental Science
Merit Badge. Click here to register for Mammal Merit Badge.
- Class 1 Medical Record and Code of Conduct Form are required (available below).
- Please bring your own lunch, a water bottle with carrier, and wear a Class A or B uniform.
- Environmental Science Merit Badge
- Part 1: March 19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
- Part 2: April 2, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Prefer to register by mail? Use these forms:
The Heard welcomes scouts and other groups to assist with special service
projects. Picking up trash from our grounds and trails is always an
available project option for groups of all sizes. Other projects such as
trail and sanctuary maintenance, habitat restoration, and handiwork
jobs may be available. If your group has an idea for a particular
project, you may also submit it for consideration. All service projects
must be pre-scheduled.
Ages: 7 through adult