Attention Scout Leaders!

Take your troop on a trip to The Wetlands Institute!  Your troop will meet with one of our Wetlands educators to participate in a hands-on, interactive, and fun program while developing important skills. A visit to the Wetlands Institute can also be an opportunity for Scouts to learn more about New Jersey’s coastal ecology.

All Scout Badge Programs are available for both In-Person and Virtual Program participation!

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts can complete a skill-building badge or progress on their Journeys.*

Daisy Programs

  • Flower Garden Journey
  • Eco Learner
  • 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals Journey
  • Between Earth and Sky Journey
  • Outdoor Art Maker
  • Wetlands Creatures and Habitat Features

Cadette Programs

  • Night Owl
  • Trees
  • Book Artist
  • Outdoor Art Apprentice
  • Eco Trekker

Brownie Programs

  • Outdoor Art Creator
  • Bugs Badge
  • Outdoor Adventurer
  • Pets Badge
  • Eco Friend
  • Letter Boxer Badge
  • Wow! Wonders of Water Journey

Senior Programs

  • Outdoor Art Expert
  • Sky
  • Eco Explorer
  • Water Drops to Watersheds: Making a Difference
  • Voice for the Animals

Junior Programs

  • Animal Habitats Badge
  • Outdoor Art Explorer
  • Geocacher Badge
  • Flowers Badge
  • Gardener Badge
  • Drawing Badge

Ambassador Programs

  • Water
  • Outdoor Art Master
  • Eco Advocate
  • Natural Arts and Sciences
  • Wildlife Research and Conservation



*Please note: While every effort is made to provide Scouts with time to complete badge requirements, some badges may have requirements that necessitate long-term observations or to pursue knowledge or skills not directly related to the topic. These may need to be done independently to complete the badge.  Additionally, purchase of the badges through the Girl Scout Council is the responsibility of the Leader.

Complete Girl Scout program descriptions: Programs for Girl Scouts

Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts can work on one of our themed programs while completing tasks to fulfill a Cub Scout or Webelo recognition.*

Tiger Programs

  • My Tiger Jungle
  • Tigers in the Wild
  • Sky is the Limit
  • Stories in Shapes

Wolf Programs

  • Paws on the Path
  • Grow Something
  • Code of the Wolf
  • Air of the Wolf
  • Spirit of the Water

Bear Programs

  • A Bear Goes Fishing
  • Critter Care
  • Fur, Feathers and Ferns
  • Super Science

Webelo Programs

  • Into the Wild
  • Earth Rocks
  • Into the Woods

Complete Cub Scout program descriptions: Programs for Cub Scouts

Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts can obtain one of the nature or outdoor related merit badges we offer.*

  • Bird Study
  • Environmental Science (Eagle Required Merit Badge)
  • Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Geocaching
  • Insect Study
  • Nature
  • Oceanography
  • Plant Science
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Sustainability (Eagle Required Merit Badge)

*The Wetland Institute Instructor is a registered Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor and will be able to sign the Scouts’ Blue Merit Badge cards for the Merit Badges offered above.  Please note: Many badges require the Scout to make long-term observations or to pursue knowledge or skills not directly related to the topic. Due to time constraints scouts will need to independently perform some of the activities which are required to complete badges.  Scouts may submit proof of completion of independent  requirements for  signed approval.

Complete Boy Scout program descriptions:  Programs for Boy Scouts

Traditional In-person Program Prices: $10 per Scout member and non-leader chaperone, troop leaders are free!
In-person Program Group Size:  Minimum of 10 Scouts per program.

Virtual Program Prices: $75 Virtual Program Fee plus $8 per participating Scout member and non-leader chaperone, troop leaders are free!
Virtual Group Size:  Maximum of 25 Scout members per program.

Special COVID-19 Considerations: As you prepare for your visit, please know that masking is optional at The Wetlands Institute and we respect individual choice related to mask wearing. For the safety of others, please do not visit The Wetlands Institute if you are feeling ill.

Looking for an Advisor on a Badge?  Contact us to book a FREE 20-30 minute consultation.
If possible, a donation of $20 to the Education Department would be appreciated.   

Registration Procedure:  Reservations are made by email (preferred) or phone on a first come first served basis.  Please email our Environmental Educator Kelianne O’Shea at to book a program.

Looking for more than a 2 hour experience?

We now offer full immersion overnight programs for your scout group.  Complete program description: Overnight Program

Looking for a Bronze/Silver/Gold Award or Eagle Award Project?

Download our brochure for more information: Award Project Ideas