Scouting Programs

Powell Gardens' history with the scouting community dates back to 1969, the first year the Kansas City Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America used this land as a regional camp. Today scouts can earn a variety of badges during visits to Powell Gardens. Scouts can participate in activities that lead to a naturalist badge, world conservation award and more. We’re also happy to customize a program just for you.

Guided Scout Programs

Cub Scouts, Daisies and Brownies can take a hike, explore a pond, meet bugs, help us tend to the garden or learn about water-wise gardening to earn Electives or Try-Its. See our Seed Starter offerings (Look for programs marked as "Scout Favorites"). Many of our programs can be adopted to meet your badge requirements.

Webelos, Boy Scouts, Junior Girl Scouts and Cadets can dig deeper by volunteering as a group to help monitor our bluebird houses, assist with gardening in Fun Foods Farm or with maintenance on the Byron Shutz Nature Trail. Ask us about making arrangements for special projects that will meet your requirements and help Powell Gardens grow!

Explore on Your Own

Check out a Birding Backpack, come see seasonal exhibits, tour the Gardens at your own pace and immerse your scouts in the beauty of the Gardens. Bring your own scavenger hunt or use one of ours. Self-guided visits are $4 per student, scout leaders are free and accompanying parents are $10 each.

For more information or to schedule on any scouting program, contact Linda by email or call 816-697-2600 x 306.

Downloadable Scavenger Hunts

Looking to focus young minds on points of interest? Our seasonal bingo sheets and activity guides are sure to slow "fast feet," providing the whole family or group a chance to take in the beauty while exploring the natural world. Click, download and print before your visit or pick one up in the Visitor Education Center.

Spring Gardens Bingo Sheet

Summer Gardens Bingo Sheet

Fall Garden Bingo Sheet

Heartland Harvest Garden Activity Guide





For Home Educators

Our guided field trips can be tailored to work for groups with a mix of ages (groups must be a minimum of 13 students or $78). Here are three popular options:

Let's Move in the Heartland!

(Guided Walk of the Heartland Harvest Garden)

Let's Move! is a national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food. It aims to turn around the problem of childhood obesity in a generation. Powell Gardens is one of many botanical gardens and museums across the United States working together to help children, parents and caregivers to make healthy changes in their lives.

We can help whet your students' appetite for fresh fruits and vegetables during a walk through the nation's largest edible landscape. On this guided tour students will walk the equivalent of 21/2 city blocks, see fresh produce growing in beautiful settings, learn about the importance of eating fresh and will get to sample something growing in the Gardens.

$6/student, 60 minutes

Wilderness Hike

Hike our nature trail and test your observation skills. We'll discover adaptations and traits of woodland plants and animals that lend to their survival and diversity. Hungry? You'll also learn about some of Missouri's wild edible plants and you might even get to try a few!

$6/student, 60 minutes

Exploring Pond Life

(May through September)

Visit our pond and use our dippers to search for aquatic critters and plants. You will be surprised to discover how much life is in our fresh water supply. While older youth use microscopes to study their finds, younger students get an up close look at tadpoles. Dress for outdoor exploration!

$6/student, 60 minutes


To schedule a program for your scouts, youth group or home educators' group, contact our Education Coordinator Linda Burton by email or call 816-697-2600 x306.





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