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.
Animal Humane Society
The Animal Humane Society offers programs for girls to earn patches on animal care, and they provide opportunities for service projects at their facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.