The Nature Museum offers a variety of workshops for active scout groups which utilize the Museum’s collections and outdoor exhibitions.
These workshops teach scouts the skills of observation, discussion, identification and more.
In-person field trips to the Nature Museum are currently unavailable. Our educators are ready and available to bring field trip programming and more to your classroom virtually. Click here to get the conversation started.
Scout and Chaperone Pricing
(Monday-Friday, all year)
Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups visiting the Museum and taking a workshop receive free field trip admission for all scouts.
Adults, including chaperones and scout leaders, also receive free admission. Please consider keeping adult attendance close to a 1:5 adult:scout ratio.
The Nature Museum offers creative, hands-on science and nature workshops to enhance your Boy and Girl Scout badge programming. Scout groups of 10 or more can register for these 45 minute workshops. Click the button below for more information.
Enhance Your Visit
Themed Field Trips
Want to provide a focused field trip for your scouts? Choose between four themes to guide your visit. These themes will provide your group with a focus and an activity while traveling through our permanent, temporary, and outdoor exhibits. Groups will be given a custom themed tour card for their self-guided tour. Choices include Insects & More, Midwest Ecosystems, Conservation, and Collections & Specimens. The themes also include pre and post-visit activities to complement your visit!
Make your field trip visit unforgettable by releasing a butterfly for its very first flight. For $10 per class, each class will be able to adopt a butterfly that has just emerged from its chrysalis and is ready to be released into the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven!
Arrival and Check-in
When your group arrives, the group leader enters the Museum to check in and receive your group’s tour cards.
In order to ensure that our visitors have the opportunity to explore the Museum fully, groups with more than 30 students will be split up into lettered groups (A, B, C, etc.). We will provide one tour card to the leader of each lettered group. These custom tour cards provide an outline for your trip and also include specific times and locations for lunches and workshops. Click here for a sample tour card.
If you have requested a lunch space, each lettered group’s lunch time and location will appear on their tour card. We ask that you bring lunches in small, recyclable brown paper bags. We will bring them to the lunch room at your assigned lunch time. Please do not call ahead for lunch times.
Your group will then drop off their lunches and coats, a staff member will escort you to your first exhibit or workshop, and your Museum exploration will begin!
Request a Scout Field Trip
Reserve your space today! Click the button below to begin filling out the Scout Workshop Request Form. Please only submit one request per field trip. If you are planning multiple field trips – either on more than one day or a morning and afternoon visit – you must fill out a separate request for each. Before requesting a visit, please click here to review the Payment & Cancellation Policies.
Please note: field trip registrations are currently unavailable.
After you’ve submitted a request form, we will process your request within two weeks. Once we’ve booked your visit, we will send you a confirmation packet via email. Your field trip is not confirmed until you’ve received this email. After two weeks, if you have not received an email please email email@example.com to check on the status of your request.