The Nature Center will be OPEN Wednesday, Dec. 27 - Saturday, Dec. 30 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM for holiday visitors!

Scout Programs

Bring your Scout group to the Darien Nature Center for adventures in the natural world. Meet the Nature Center animals, hike through a local park, earn a badge or achievement or complete a service project. Our Program Director will help you choose the program that is right for your troop or work with you to create your own.

Daisy Petals

  • Clover (Green)-Use Resources Wisely
  • Rosie (Rose)-Make the world a better place

Brownie Badges

  • Home Scientist
  • Bugs
  • Senses
  • Pets
  • Hiker

JUNIOR Badges

  • Flowers
  • Animal Habitats
  • Camper
  • Gardener

CADETTE Badges

  • Animal Helpers
  • Trees
  • Night Owl

Webelo Activity Badges:

Forester Badge: Learn how and where certain trees grow. Also learn how to identify trees and the special role they play in nature and society.

Naturalist Badge: Naturalists study plants and animals. Visit our zoo room or take a hike with our naturalist and learn how to attract and identify local fauna.

Outdoorsman Badge: A good outdoorsman possesses certain skills and is comfortable in the woods. Scouts can complete part of this badge by participating in a naturalist led night hike, campfire or knot tying session.

Wolf Achievements:

Your Living World: Scouts will learn the importance of protecting our natural world and engage in a small project to improve a local park.

Birds: Scouts will learn to identify common backyard visitors and build a simple feeder to help our fine-feathered friends through the year.

BEAR Achievements:

Sharing Your World with Wildlife: Visit the Nature Center and learn which birds are visiting our feeders. Also find out how Scouts can help them find food, water and shelter.

Indian Life: Scouts will learn about Native American life through games, stories and art.

Just For Fun:

Live Animal Demonstration: From slithery snakes to leathery lizards, from cuddly chinchillas to groovy guinea pigs; these are just some of the creatures Scouts will be able to meet and greet during this hands-on program. (Program can be held off-site)

Nature Hike/Scavenger Hunt: Join our educators for a seasonal walk through a local park.

Teambuilding: Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to complete group challenges and learn what it takes to build an effective team. (Program can be held off-site)

Nature Games: Enjoy learning about ecological concepts through a series of action-packed games and activities. (Program can be held off-site)

Conservation Projects: Complete a conservation project while lending a hand to your local nature center. Projects may include trail work, landscaping or projects in neighboring Selleck’s Woods.

ONE HOUR PROGRAM:

Ideal for afterschool scout meetings. It can be a one-time program or continued throughout the scouting season: $75.00 for up to 15 scouts ($10 per additional scout)

TWO HOUR PROGRAM:

Ideal for combination programs (ie. badge work and animal demonstration or service project) $150 for up to 15 scouts ($10 per additional scout)

Please contact our Program Director Emily Ciffone to discuss options or schedule a program emily@dariennaturecenter.org or 203.655.7459.

"Emily, Thank you for an amazing afternoon of learning today! The Darien Nature Center is a treasure for our town and I'm thrilled the children had an opportunity to experience that today. Thank you for your time today and for sharing your insights in the most delightful program! "

– Parent