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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

Looking for an Individual Girl Scout or Smaller Troop Program?

From November 6, 2021, through June 4, 2022, The Wetlands Institute is leading a series of programs in partnership with the Girl Scout Council of Southern NJ. They include both badge and non-badge programs, and they encourage Girl Scouts at all levels to learn about and explore nature. These programs are open to individual Girl Scouts and/or Girl Scout troops smaller than 10 individuals.

For more information or to register for the programs below, please visit the GSCSNJ website.

November 6, 2021
    • Animal Habitats Badge
    • Juniors
November 13, 2021
    • Trees Badge
    • Cadettes
January 9, 2022
    • Outdoor Art Maker Badge
    • Daisies – Brownies
February 21, 2022
    • Wildlife Career Day (9 AM-12 PM): Aquarist for a Day
    • Seniors – Ambassadors
March 20, 2022
    • Wildlife Career Day (4 PM-8 PM): Aquarist for a Day
    • Juniors – Cadettes
April 15, 2022
    • Turtle Talk
    • Daisies – Brownies
April 30, 2022
    • Horseshoe Crab Meet at the Beach
    • Cadettes – Ambassadors
April 30, 2022
    • Horseshoe Crab Program
    • Brownies – Cadettes
June 4, 2022
    • Nature Kayaking
    • Cadettes – Ambassadors

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, just a few quick rules and procedures to ensure your visit is safe for your scout family and ours.

  • To the extent possible, please adhere to social distancing guidelines (6 feet apart or more for The Wetlands Institute staff and/or other program participants) in all areas of The Wetlands Institute both inside and outside.
  • We require everyone aged 2 years and older, who is physically able without inhibiting their health, to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
  • For Overnight Programs, masks are not required for eating, drinking and/or sleeping indoors. However, participants conduct these activities while socially distanced and in areas with increased ventilation and air circulation.
  • For your safety, all The Wetlands Institute staff will be wearing face coverings in all indoor public spaces.
  • We strongly recommend face coverings be worn outdoors on the decking, lawn areas, Salt Marsh Trail, elevated walkway, and dock, particularly when social distancing is not possible and/or when interacting with The Wetlands Institute Staff and/or other participating group members in accordance with your organization’s regulations.
  • For the safety of others, please do not visit The Wetlands Institute if you are feeling ill or running a fever.
  • Due to capacity limitations, we will limit the number of scout groups on-site to one per day.

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 Michelle Rebilas 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