Pilcher Park Nature Center is pleased to announce that we are offering several nature-themed Girl and Boy Scout badge programs for local troops and dens. These programs are designed to accomplish the majority of the listed badge requirements, if not all. Specific badge requirements for Boy Scouts are listed under each badge program that we offer. We will not be providing badges to each participant upon completion of requirements.

If there is a theme or topic that your troop or den is interested in, but you do not see it listed below, please contact us to see if we can accommodate. We are flexible and willing to provide different variations of the badges or of the field trips we typically offer for schools and other groups. Please click here to see our field trip guide.

Payment and Siblings

All badges that we offer require a minimum of 6 participants. Most badge programs have a cost of $6 per participant. Siblings are allowed to join for a fee as long as their age is similar to the age of the members from the troop or den. Please talk to us at the time of registration about the addition of siblings to the badge program.

A deposit of 20% of the total is due at the time of initial registration. The balance is due on the day of the program.

The Day of Your Program

Please arrive on time. If you arrive late, the program will still end at the time scheduled according to your reservation. This may affect the naturalist's ability to complete all requirements in the remaining time.

Dress appropriately for the weather. We will go outside unless it is inclement weather.

  • Bugs- Brownies Girl Scouts

    Get up close and personal with some six-legged critters as we explore the forest floor of Pilcher Park. You will learn what makes an insect an insect with hands-on activities and a craft.

    Availability: Mid- April through October

    Cost: $6 per person

    Minimum # of group: 6

    Length of field trip: 1 hour

  • Senses- Brownies Girl Scouts

    Where would we be without the use of our senses? This program will allow you to use your senses while you learn about the natural world. No tasting will be done with this program

    Availability: All year

    Cost: $6 per person

    Minimum # of group: 6

    Length of field trip: 1 hour

  • Animal Habitats- Junior Girl Scouts

    Explore the forest of Pilcher Park as you earn your badge and learn about the homes of wild animals of IL. You will also learn how you can help improve habitats of animals near your home.

    Availability: All year

    Cost: $6 per person

    Minimum # of group: 6

    Length of field trip: 1 hour

  • Hiker- Brownies Girl Scouts

    Your troop will learn the necessities of a successful hiking trip as you explore our forest. All requirements will be covered except for making a snack. A recipe will be provided for making an energy-rich snack to make at home.

    Availability: All year

    Cost: $6 per person

    Minimum # of group: 6

    Length of field trip: 1 hour

  • Geocacher- Junior Girl scouts

    We have the GPS units, you bring the fun! This badge will allow you to learn about geocaching by exploring Pilcher Park looking for hidden geocaches. All requirements will be covered except making a Travel Bug.

    Availability: All year

    Cost: $6 per person

    Minimum # of group: 6

    Length of field trip: 1 hour

  • Tigers in the Wild- Tigers

    Learn about the essential items for a safe hike through the forest. While hiking in Pilcher Park, you will learn the importance of leaving no trace, identify trees and plants and look for signs of animals along the way. This badge covers requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7. Requirement 5 (campfire) can be completed upon request for an additional fee and an extra half hour added to the field trip.

    Availability: All year

    Cost: $6 per person

    Minimum # of group: 6

    Length of field trip: 1 hour

  • Paws on the Path- Wolf

    In this badge, you will learn about the importance of safety while hiking and how to be prepared. You will also be able to use a trail map to find your way and learn about animals and bugs that you may encounter along the way. This badge covers requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

    Availability: April through October

    Cost: $6 per person

    Minimum # of group: 6

    Length of field trip: 1 hour

  • Fur, Feathers, and Ferns- Bears

    This badge will allow you to look for wildlife and signs that they were in the forest. You'll learn about animals that have gone extinct over the last 100 years. You will also use magnifying glasses to get an up close look at plants. This badge covers requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

    Availability: April through October

    Cost: $6 per person

    Minimum # of group: 6

    Length of field trip: 1 hour

  • A Bear Goes Fishing- Bears

    Learn about some of the fish species that live in Hickory Creek. You will also learn about the rules and regulations that go along with fishing in Illinois, how to use a fishing pole, and go fishing. This badge covers requirements 1, 2, 3, and 4.

    Availability: April through October

    Cost: $6 per person

    Minimum # of group: 6

    Length of field trip: 1 hour

  • Into the Woods- Webelos

    You will learn all about trees while walking in the woods of Pilcher Park. You will be able to identify common tree and plant species, parts of a tree, why native species are beneficial to our ecosystem and identify products in your own home made from trees. This badge covers requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7.

    Availability: April through October

    Cost: $6 per person

    Minimum # of group: 6

    Length of field trip: 1 hour

  • Into the Wild- Webelos

    Experience the creatures that live in Pilcher Park. How do food chains impact the forest? How do humans impact those food chains? You'll learn about bird flyways and about an animal adapted to life in Will County. This badge covers requirements 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

    Availability: All year

    Cost: $6 per person

    Minimum # of group: 6

    Length of field trip: 1 hour

  • Earth Rocks!- Webelos

    Your troop will discover why geology rocks in this badge. You will learn why it is important, how to test for hardness, and how we depend on geology every day. You will search for different rock types and identify then while on a hike. This badge covers requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7.

    Availability: All year

    Cost: $6 per person

    Minimum # of group: 6

    Length of field trip: 1 hour