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.
Artistry at Bloomington Center for the Arts offers Girl Scout classes designed to be cooperative and collaborative educational experiences where girls and professional artists move through a creative experience together. Artistry regularly offers classes that allow girls to work on a variety of badges. Contact Artistry for more information on classes and to schedule tours of their facilities.
Big River Farms
At Big River Farms, children and families can learn about basic sustainable agriculture practices and have the opportunity to interact with real farmers! Programs are held on Saturdays from 10 am-12 pm throughout the growing season, and each day consists of three to four lessons, each addressing a new topic with a fun, hands-on approach. Kids will learn about soil health, vegetable anatomy, animals in farm systems, and will meet real farmers! Troops earning their Gardener Badge will be able to complete most requirements. Troops earning other badges such as Animal Habitats, Flowers, Bugs can address some badge requirements upon request before program.
Big River Farms suggests a donation of $5 per person, but welcomes everyone regardless of their ability to contribute.
Book Club and Author Workshop
“Penelope Spaulding just can’t catch a break. Between long hours at the family restaurant, homework, and her parents’ plans for her future, it’s hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, everything slips away…(Kristine Carlson Asselin’s debut novel delivers a delightful contemporary young adult story about food and family, doing what you love, and being a sporty girl.”)
Author of Young Adult novel Anyway You Slice It, Kristine Carlson Asselin is available for one-hour group discussions (via Skype/Google/Facetime) to talk to girls about themes in the novel or about writing/publishing in general. Discussion questions can be centered around Cadette badges “The Science of Happiness” or “Good Sportsmanship” or can be customized to particular group interests. Kristine encourage the girls to generate a list of questions to guide the conversation. This Young Adult novel is geared towards Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 due to a few instances of mild adult language.
Girl Scout leaders should contact Kristine to arrange a mutually convenient time and to discuss details. Troop discussions with Kristine can happen before, during or after reading her book. $6.00/girl registration fee includes an e-pub or Kindle compatible copy of Anyway You Slice It. Contact Kristine at email@example.com and check out her website for a full description of Anyway You Slice It at www.kristineasselin.com.
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!
Anjee Mai Creations
Anjee Mai 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.
HOME Program: Household & Outdoor Maintenance for Elderly
Girls can develop basic household and landscape maintenance skills while helping the Elderly stay in their homes. Volunteer activity varies by season. During the summer, the HOME program focuses on mowing, gardening, painting, landscaping, and minor repairs. When the leaves fall volunteers rake until the snow stays, and then shovel until spring. In the spring we rake and clean yards.
There are opportunities to assist year-round both indoors and outdoors, such as Friendly Visitor which features weekly meetings with a client to build a relationship. Brownies-Ambassadors can volunteer as an individual or as a Troop and work towards earning their Independence or Social Innovator badges and their Community Service Bar.
Contact HOME to arrange volunteer opportunities appropriate for your Troop by calling 952-767-7894 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their website at seniorcommunity.org for more details.
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.
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.
Loaves & Fishes
Practice healthy meal preparation for a great cause! Loaves & Fishes offers year round volunteer opportunities at our dining sites. Each of our sites offer free, nutritious meals to members of our communities in need. Volunteers are essential to daily operations and participate in preparation, serving and cleaning up.
Volunteers over the age of 16 can assist with meal preparation as well as serving and cleaning up. Girls 8 years of age and older are able to assist with serving and cleaning up. Each portion of the volunteer experience is 2-3 hours in length. Volunteers can sign up on a one time basis. Loaves & Fishes can source the food for the meal or teams can bring food to prepare. If teams prefer to provide the food, we ask the leader of the team to connect with our Site Coordinator to ensure menu standards. When volunteering, please consider a donation to help cover a portion of the cost of our meals. Girls can work towards earning Cook themed badges, Community Service Award and other seasonally available opportunities.
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 email@example.com 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.
“NOT ME!” Training
Various locations in Minneapolis, MN
The “NOT ME!” Kids training involves parents and kids (ages 7-12), working together to prevent childhood sexual assaults. Children can recognize and stop threats from someone they know and trust by following two simple rules. This class provides action tools for kids to prevent threats when on their own, and delivers options on how to get away and tell an adult. “NOT ME!” Kids is appropriate for boys and girls, and both scouts and non-scouts are welcome to attend. Attendance qualifies for “My Best Self,” “Safety/First Aid,” or “Independence” badges.
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.
Orthodontic Specialists of Southern Minnesota
Orthodontic Specialists of Southern Minnesota offer an interactive exploration into the world of Dentistry and Orthodontics! Girls will get a behind the scenes tour of the clinic and see equipment like the large x-ray machine, study real x-rays and see where we do exams and put on braces. Girls will get a chance to be a dentist as they examine the teeth of their friends! Each girl will receive a complimentary tooth brush and a complimentary exam and x-ray (should their Guardian choose to make a separate appointment). Brownies earning their My Best Self badges and Juniors earning their Staying Fit badge can meet a Health Professional and learn insider tips to keeping your teeth, and therefore yourself, healthy!
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.
Three Rivers Park District in Scott County
Three Rivers Park District offers Geocaching, Maple Syruping, Archery, Night Hikes, Pioneer Games, Ice Fishing and much more in Scott County. Cleary Lake and Cedar Lake Regional Parks have planned programs throughout the year just for Girl Scouts. Call 763-694-7777 to inquire about setting up a field trip just for your scouts.
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.