Field Trip Opportunities
Find organizations and businesses that welcome Girl Scout individuals and troops for field trips and events. Reach out to these venues directly to learn about their rates, facilities and programs.
Abamath offers computers and robotics programs for girls to learn technology skills while having fun and playing games. The Lego robotics programs are geared to help girls work in teams to accomplish goals and have fun while learning fundamental computer skills.
Learn, build, and create woodworking projects with American Workshop! American Workshop provides the instructors, curriculum, and materials so all you need to do is show up ready for a great activity. They can helpt girls earn badges such as Cadette Woodworker, assist with the woodworking aspects of any Take Action project and can customize a visit to meet your troops’ needs.
Animal Humane Society
The Animal Humane Society welcomes Girl Scout troops to their shelter locations for tours and programs. Troops may also organize their own service project to benefit their local shelter. Visit their website to learn more about scout programs and service project ideas.
Bloomington Theatre and Art Center
The Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC) offers Girl Scout classes designed to be cooperative and collaborative educational experiences where girls and professional artists move through a creative experience together. BTAC regularly offers classes that allow girls to work on a variety of badges. Contact BTAC for more information on classes and to schedule tours of their facilities.
Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center
Cascade Meadow offers unique and engaging education programs that support badges and journeys for juniors, (including animal habitats, flowers, gardener, and get moving), as well as for brownies (including senses, bugs, and wonders of water). Contact Cascade Meadow for more information on our programs and to schedule your troop’s next favorite field trip!
Claymate Creations offers Girl Scouts a custom program, instruction and guidance from professional artist, Anjee Emerson. Girl Scouts will plan and design their own unique sculptures, create their pieces and learn about using clay together. The workshops currently offered work toward the Brownie Potter Badge, Junior Jeweler Badge, or the Cadette Comic Artist Badge.
Color Me Mine
Color Me Mine in Eagan, Rochester, and Maple Grove have classes for all levels of scouting and badges! Each class receives a lesson on a specific topic based around the Journeys for Daisies through Juniors and paints a related ceramic piece. All classes are $25.00/Child and they will receive a great Color Me Mine badge for their sash or vest.
Como Park Zoo + Conservatory
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory has been an inspirational destination for kids of all ages for over 100 years. We offer a wide variety of programs in a unique setting that allow girls to explore the wonders of nature in a whole new way. We have three options for troops: Do it yourself badge classes are filled through registration with Girl Scouts River Valleys; Smaller groups can join others during our prescheduled Polar Bear Patch programs; Large troops can book exclusive Polar Bear Patch programs on dates that are convenient for their groups.
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area
Crex Meadows’ Wildlife Education programs offer hands-on experiences to guide participants in discovering new concepts in science, math, literature, art, and more through the natural world. Crex Meadows has created programs that allow Girl Scouts to earn badges, including the Brownie Bugs, Hiker, and Letterboxer badges, Junior Camper, Geocacher, and Animal Habitats badges, and Cadette Trees, Night Owl, and Trailblazing badges.
Dome Ranch is available as a resource for badge work or Journey books, especially in the areas of animals, cooking (healthy produce), how to eat locally, outdoors, and nature. Tell them what you are looking for and they will do their best to accommodate your badge and journey needs.
Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth Orthodontics
Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth Orthodontics would like to welcome all Girl Scouts to come explore and have fun! We offer several different options for your Girl Scout to earn badges. The Girl Scouts will learn how to take impressions while exploring each others teeth. While in our office the girls will feel like Junior Orthodontics while growing and learning in a fun safe environment. Please give our office a call to have your next field trip at our office. Flexible night and weekend options are available.
EarThings by Laura – Jewelry Workshops
With EarThings by Laura girls will learn beading skills, wire working techniques, re-purposing and using found objects, and design and collage principals to create their own unique and beautiful jewelry. EarThings by Laura is a great fit for girls ages 8-16, and prefers to work with troops of 5-18 girls. This is a great opportunity for Girl Scout Juniors working on their Jeweler Badge. Laura will come to your location and provide all the materials and expertise needed to conduct fun, creativity-inspiring, confidence-building, jewelry workshops. For more information please contact Laura Wolovitch at 612-722-4170.
Fish & Richardson
Fish & Richardson is please to announce a new initiative with the Girl Scouts of America. Fish has created a program that allows Girl Scouts to earn the Innovation Badge and Intellectual Property Patch, which can be achieved through exploring the topics of inventorship and intellectual property. By guiding participants in exercises in patent, trademark, and copyright law, Fish hopes young women will learn about this field and become interested in what it entails. Contact Fish for more information and to schedule an event today.
Great River Greening
Great River Greening leads and inspires community-based restoration of natural areas and open spaces. Take Action opportunities provided by Great River Greening tie into activities and themes found in the Girl Scout Journeys, especially the “It’s Your Planet–Love it!” Series.
Schedule a store tour with your local Goodwill! Have you ever wondered, “What happens to my donation after I drop it off?” Find out, by taking your troop’s community service experience further with a tour of a Goodwill store.
Call your local Goodwill store and speak with a store manager to schedule a 20-30 minute tour with your troop. During the tour, Girl Scouts will learn about the life of a donation as goods enter the donation center, get sorted, priced, merchandised on the sales floor, and are sold or salvaged.
I Am Initiative
The I Am Initiative has developed events to help Girl Scout Brownies through Ambassadors earn Journey awards. Their events a teach girls the power of believing in who they are and guiding them to discover their inner strengths.
Eden Prairie, MN
This winter, Ice Castles, LLC, will bring a one-of-a-kind experience to Eden Prairie, MN, as it unveils a massive castle made only of ice. The Ice Castle will feature lofty ice towers, shimmering archways, glowing tunnels, narrow slot canyons, glossy stalactites, and frozen thrones – all made entirely of ice. The Ice Castle will begin construction in late November and is expected to be open to the public December 26 through March 2015, weather permitting. Girl Scout groups, with a minimum of 10 people, will receive a discounted rate and a guided tour by an Ice Castle staff member.
To book your tickets or find out more information, email email@example.com.
Various locations in NE Metro
KidzArt workshops make it fun and easy to fulfill creative badge requirements. We come to you with everything needed from artist quality materials to certified instructors and professionally developed curriculum to bring the joy of art to all levels of Scouting. Our unique approach uses the creative process to build self-confidence, teach problem solving skills, and encourage outside-the-box- thinking. Programs target Brownie-Painter and Potter, Junior-Drawing and Jeweler, Cadette-Comic Artist and Book Artist, Senior-Collage and Textile Artist badges. Programs can also be customized to fulfill other Scouting requirements or provide a fun activity for an end-of-year celebration or a team building exercise.
Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center
Warner Nature Center emphasizes experiential learning in all of its programs, providing Girl Scouts with many opportunities to learn by doing. Warner’s programs are focused on experiential learning by being outside, seeing live animals, and learning by doing hands-on activities. Daisies through Ambassadors can work toward STEM and Outdoor Awareness/Environmental Stewardship badges such as Bugs, Senses, Flowers, Trees, Water, Hiker, Camper, Digital Photographer, Geocacher, and Animal Habitats.
MN Center for Book Arts
Guided tours and private workshops make great outings for your troop and service unit. Plan a custom hands-on book art workshop in one of our studios, or we can bring the activity to your location. Whether you are expecting a handful of participants or a thousand, MCBA has a wide variety of fun projects that will inspire and create enthusiasm for books, writing, and art. Our organized and knowledgable staff will bring all the materials and tools for your activity. MCBA now offers a program for Cadettes to earn the Book Artist badge.
Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative
Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative (MAFTTI) will come to Girl Scout troop meetings and educate girls on Fair Trade. They will also do a game that gives girls an understanding of the benefits of Fair Trade to farmers. We also have a curriculum of 20-minute lessons that troop leaders can use to conduct Fair Trade sessions to work towards their badges in the areas of Global Citizenship, Environmental Stewardship and Community Service. Contact Jane Dow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-625-5092.
Northern Clay Center
NCC combines education and hand’s on experience with 2-3 hour workshops. Girls will create and decorate projects with an experienced teaching artist. Girl Scouts are welcome to get a free 45 minute tour of Northern Clay Center as time allows. Great match for the Brownie Potter badge or any badge dealing with creating objects or self expression can be adapted. In addition to workshops at Northern Clay Center, the ClayToGo program can also bring a clay workshop to you.
North Star Museum of Boy Scouting + Girl Scouting
The North Star Museum has a large collection of historical uniforms and scouting memorabilia. They also hold regular classes and programs.
Orthodontics by Hipple
Orthodontics by Hipple aims to educate in a fun and caring atmosphere. It is focused on creating healthy smiles and good dental habits that can last a lifetime. Girls may choose from a list of different areas of dental healthcare and orthodontics to create their own field trip experience. There is a variety of hands on learning in topics ranging from dental anatomy to dental careers.
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
Be on air in a radio station! Play with electricity and magnetism! Participate in a game show! All these are possible at the Pavek Museum. In our broadcast workshop, the girls get to learn about electricity and electronic communication while doing their own radio show and playing a Jeopardy-like game show! In our electromagnetism workshop, the girl scouts get to do hands-on activities and play a Wheel-of-Fortune-like game, while learning about electricity and magnetism! These are field trips that correlate great with science technology engineering + math skill-building, schedule your trip to the Pavek Museum today!
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The Red Cross has developed several volunteer projects that would make good service work or take action projects for older girls.
Northern Minnesota Region
Email their Volunteer Resources Director or call 612-872-3276.
Western Wisconsin Region
Email their volunteer department to learn more about their needs.
River Bend Nature Center
River Bend Nature Center offers knowledgeable staff naturalists that can help Girl Scouts discover, enjoy, understand, and preserve the incredible natural world that surrounds them, while earning achievements for scout advancement. The River Bend Nature Center offers programs that allow Girl Scouts to earn badges, including the Brownie Bugs, Hiker, and Letterboxer badges, Junior Camper, Geocacher, and Animal Habitats badges, and Cadette Trees, Night Owl, and Trailblazing badges.
Sea Life Aquarium at the Mall of America
Mall of America
120 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
Girls at all grades/levels can fulfill the requirements of the “It’s Your Planet–Love It!” Journey at the Sea Life Aquarium.
Science Explorers provides high-quality science and art education programs to children aged 3–14. They have prepared events and activities for Girl Scout Daisies through Cadettes to work on STEM, Healthy Living and Outdoor Awareness badges.
Scott Spinks: Children’s Illustrator + Writer
Twin Cities Metro and Southern Minnesota
Scott Spinks, a Children’s Illustrator and Writer, provides programming for Girl Scouts working on the Junior Drawing badge and the Cadette Book Artist and Comic Artist badges. His hands-on courses are customizable to the needs of individual troops, and can be held in most locations in Central or Southern Minnesota.
The kid-created S.T.E.M. Bunnies program reinforces grade-appropriate concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Volunteer Instructors, Rabbit Breeders and Apprentices (Grade 6-12) will guide girls to experience “hands-on, minds-on” learning together while observing, playing with and taking care of bunnies.
Three Rivers Park District
Various locations in West Metro
Three Rivers Park District is a park system in the west suburban Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area of Minnesota. The name “Three Rivers” comes from the parks’ geography, situated within the watersheds that flow into three significant rivers to the region: the Mississippi, the Minnesota, and the Crow. Three Rives Park District offers a variety of programs that compliment various badges and activities in STEM and Outdoor Awareness. Girls may participate in hands on experiences such as geocaching, archery, kayaking, skiing, fishing, and snowshoeing.
Twin Cities Environmental Education Consulting, LLC
Twin Cities Metro Area
TCEEC offers quality, hands-on environmental and natural sciences educational programs focusing on Minnesota natural history. Programs and activities can help girls earn various Brownie-Ambassador naturalist badges, such as Bugs, Flowers, Trees, Sky, and Water.
Vertical Endeavors-Minneapolis and Vertical Endeavors-St. Paul are full-service indoor rock climbing gyms offering special discount days for Girl Scouts troops.
Way Cool Cooking School
The Way Cool Cooking School welcomes Girl Scout troops for sessions to help them learn cooking skills while working on badges. They have sessions prepared to help Brownies earn their Snacks Badge, Juniors earn their Simple Meals Badge, and Cadettes earn the New Cuisines Badge and Eating for Beauty Badge.
Wilderness Inquiry offers Girl Scouts the opportunity to experience hands-on learning through outdoor adventure. Scouts and their families may register for any of our scheduled public trips throughout North America. Customized trips can also be coordinated for individual scout troops. Wilderness Inquiry provides everything needed for a safe and enjoyable experience, including trip planning, certified guides, meals and quality gear. Girl Scouts can earn badges in the naturalist, outdoors, and adventure series.
Wisconsin Historical Museum
The Wisconsin Historical Museum offers a variety of badge workshops for Boy and Girl Scouts. These workshops are planned and developed according to the specifications of the Boy Scout and Girl Scout handbooks.
Workshops are scheduled at various intervals throughout the year, and we can schedule special sessions for groups of five or more for Cub Scouts and ten or more for Girl Scouts.
Email their Museum Education Department, or call 608-264-6557, for more information or to schedule a workshop.
Wood Lake Nature Center
At Wood Lake Nature Center, scouts will learn about the natural world and their place in it through hands-on activities, cooperative learning, and learning-by-doing. Girl Scouts from Daisies to Ambassadors can participate in 90-minute programs with a professional naturalist, during which they can work toward badges in the Leadership, Outdoor Awareness/Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Living/Creativity, and STEM skill-building areas. Wood Lake naturalists will also assist troops interested in service learning projects, and troop leaders can book spaces in the nature center for bridging ceremonies or other events.