Many Diverse Topics

We cover a selection of topics that support scout programming and badgework.

Bugs are Beautiful

There are almost a million different kinds of insects in the world! And each has a special role in nature. Explore the amazing world of insects and learn how important they are to a healthy environment. Capture and release butterflies and beetles to learn more about them close up.

Exploration Nature
Discover botanical treasures rich in shape, color, and function, and find out why we need so many trees, flowers, fruits, and seeds. Learn about the roles plants play and why they’re important. Also, build a terrarium to take home.

Tracks and Trees
Hike the Sam Graham Trees Trail at the Botanical Gardens, discover the special trees unique to Michigan along the trail, and learn about Sam’s pioneering ideas in forest ecology. You’ll also receive a booklet to make leaf rubbings and you’ll learn what makes Michigan ecosystems so special.

Sketchbook Detectives
Find out how artists and scientists both uncover the secrets of nature through close observation. In this workshop, paints, pastels, and colored pencils are the tools you’ll use to rediscover the natural world.

When it comes to the health of the planet and the environment, kids can make a difference! Make paper; learn how composting works or plant a tabletop garden to explore ways kids can change their world.

Wetland Explorer
Clean water is important to everyone and everything! Use dip nets to discover how wetland creatures and plants tell a story about ponds and streams. (Offered May/June & early October)

Other Opportunities

Young adult admiring a coniferous branch

Field Trips

Transform classroom learning into an exciting interactive adventure with our educational field trips.

Adult learners exploring the arb

Adult Learning

Our adult programing mixes learning and enjoyment and puts humans at the heart of our dynamic ecosystems.

A child showing a small flower to two adults

Nature Play Activities

Nature play activities that can be enjoyed from home or school, creating an easy opportunity to connect children with the outdoors.