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Scout Programs

Badge Programs

Working toward an animal or naturalist badge?  Zoo New England offers Badge Programs to help your group fulfill its badge or achievement requirements, or to simply have fun and learn about animals! We offer both on-site programs at Franklin Park Zoo and off-site programs at your location, year round. Badge Programs are led by our experienced staff and include live animal encounters, hands-on activities, games and more! 

Visit the Zoo

At Franklin Park Zoo, we offer year-round on-site Badge Programs. Programs can help a scout group complete a badge or achievement such as “Sharing your World with Wildlife,” “Wonders of Water” and many more!  If your group isn't working toward a specific animal badge, we can also cover a different animal topic that interests your group!

On-Site Badge Program Details:

We offer Scout Programs onsite year-round during the Zoo’s hours of operation. There is a limit of 30 scout participants, and assembly programs are available for up to 60 participants for an additional cost.

  • 45 minutes: $5 per participant (adults and scouts).
  • 60 minutes: $150. This fee includes a special Zoo patch for each scout!

Book an On-Site Badge Program:

Contact the Education Department at 617-989-3742 or education@zoonewengland.com. Please call at least two to three weeks in advance to reserve your date and time!

Please note: The cost of the Badge Program does not include Admission to the Zoo. To register your trip to the Zoo and receive discounted group rates for your scout group, visit our Group Reservations section.

We'll Come to You!

Through educational outreach, a Zoo educator can also visit your site for a presentation including biological artifacts, live animals and activities!  We can come to any public venue such as school classrooms, recreation centers or religious centers.

Off-Site Badge Program Details:

We offer off-site Scout Programs year-round during the Zoo’s hours of operation. There is a limit of 30 scout participants; assembly programs are available for an additional cost.

  • 30 minutes: $87.50
  • 45 minutes: $131.25
  • 60 minutes: $175

Book an Off-Site Badge Program:

Contact the Education Department at 617-989-3742 or education@zoonewengland.com. Please call at least two to three weeks in advance to reserve your date and time!

Scout Overnights

Snorin' Roarin' Sleepover programs are available year-round on Friday and Saturday nights at Franklin Park Zoo. During an overnight, your group will have an educational animal encounter, enjoy a snack and breakfast, and enjoy some unique behind-the-scenes experiences! Scout Overnights include a special Zoo patch for each scout. 

Full Sleepover Details

 

FAQ

If my scout group has already attended the programs you offer for Brownies, can they attend a different educational program?

Yes, we offer a wide variety of different program topics that can be suited towards your age group.  Call the Education Department at 617-989-3742 or email at education@zoonewengland.com to learn about options best suited for your group!. 

If my scout group attends a one-hour educational program or overnight, do we get patches?

Yes, if you attend a program that’s an hour or longer, you’ll receive a special Zoo patch. 

Is there an additional cost for the Scout patches you offer?

No, there’s no additional cost for patches from one-hour programs.

What kind of off-site locations can the Zoo travel to?

We can bring live animals if the program is held indoors with no other animals living there.  We can’t hold programs in private residences, but we’ll travel to churches, schools and function halls.