Gather up your troop and head on down to the Oakland Zoo for a day full of fun and adventure! We offer a variety of Badge Workshops and Journey Workshops for scouts of all ages. All themes involve hands-on, fun, and educational activities. Whether you decide to explore like an ecologist, learn about the animal and plant kingdoms, find out how to care for animals, or plant a tree, you're sure to have a blast at the Oakland Zoo. Spaces fill up fast, so make your reservation today!
Program Fee: $10.00 per adult - $20.00 per scout (unless otherwise noted). All adults and children must register
Parking Fee: $7.00 per car
Group Size Limits: minimum 10 / maximum 30. More than 1 troop may sign up for an event
Adult/Child Ratios: 2 adults/5 Daisies - 1 adult/6 Brownies - 1 adult/8 Juniors - 1 adult/10 Older Girls
Patches: You will receive 1 patch per scout for the program you have selected
Dates: We have many workshops dates available each month. Please contact a Reservations Associate for current openings.
Come down to the Oakland Zoo to learn a bit about bugs! You will never want to tell a bug to "buzz" off again after you spend a few hours at the Zoo. Come down and learn exactly what makes a bug a bug by illustrating some of their common body parts. You will also have the chance to meet some of our resident Zoo bugs by visiting them in their own home here at the Zoo. Don't forget about our native bugs which you will have a chance to make a take home habitat for.
Juniors Animal Habitats
Come find out how important it is to preserve an animal's habitat. You will investigate many different animals here at the Zoo and learn about each ones unique habitat. You also will learn a bit about what makes each one of these animals an expert at living in their habitat. After you will have a chance to design your own habitat for an animal. Before you go you will also have the opportunity to help keep the wild habitat around the Zoo clean and healthy for all the animals that live there.
The Oakland Zoo is known for its animals, but did you know we have an excellent selection of native and exotic trees? Come learn about tree anatomy and also how to identify a few that are local to our area. Increase your appreciation of trees by making an art project inspired by trees. After you have had a chance to learn a bit about our native trees, you will have the chance to discuss and even debate about how humans utilize trees. At the end of the workshop you can use your new tree knowledge to get involved with tree action in your community!
Cadet Animal Care Workshop
In these two-part workshops led by an Education Specialist, Older Girl Scouts learn how they can make the lives of Zoo animals, pets, and native wildlife more enriching and fun! In the first workshop, you'll learn all about how biologists design projects to encourage natural behaviors of zoo animals and then take a tour to study them. After deciding on an approved project, you'll head home to make your enrichment craft with your troop. You then deliver your project to study the effects, and explore how to improve the lives of wildlife in your own backyards before heading home. Please note: The fee for this program is $10.00 per adult and $25.00 per child. This workshop is spread over two dates. You must attend both.
Daisies "Three Cheers for Animals"
Based on this leadership Journey, Daisies learn how best to take care of pets and steward wildlife. They'll investigate how animals communicate, how birds make nests, and make their own "All About Me" nests out of natural materials. After going on a mini zoo tour and meeting an animal up-close, they'll leave with their own ideas to educate others about animal care and wildlife conservation.
Daisies "Between Earth and Sky"
In this Journey workshop, Daisies will hike to the beautifully restored Arroyo Viejo Creek to gain hands-on connection with nature. They'll do fun sensory activities and nature-based crafts as they explore native plants, wildlife, and the wonders of soil science. They'll meet an animal up-close and leave with their own seed balls to launch mini native gardens in their neighborhoods.
Brownies "Wonders of Water"
Based on this leadership Journey, Brownies will dive into learning about their part in the water cycle. They'll go on an aquatic scavenger hunt in the Children's Zoo, explore watersheds and wildlife at the Arroyo Viejo Creek, and meet an animal close-up. They'll leave with a drought-tolerant native plant and a water drop promise to bring the water conservation message back to their own watersheds.
Juniors "Get Moving"
In this leadership Journey, Juniors get wild about energy as they explore the ecological energy cycle. They'll learn how to do an energy audit, explore animal migration on a Zoo tour, meet an animal close-up, and make conservation promise beads. They'll leave with a seeded pollinator plant and a plan to sow conservation practices in their community.
**Please note: that these workshops only meet a portion of what is required in the entire Journey. Girl Scouts will not complete their entire journey by attending these workshops.
$3.00 for each additional Oakland Zoo patch (for all ages).
Patches can be ordered through our Group Services Department or through your Education Specialist the day of your program.
To make a reservation download the Girl Scout Workshop Request Form. Submit a completed copy by fax (510) 729-7324 or by email at least 6 weeks in advance. We are unable to accommodate bookings less than 2 weeks prior to the event.
A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of reservation. Full payment is due 2 weeks in advance or your reservation will be cancelled.
If you cancel more than 31 days before your event date you will be refunded the full amount minus a $50.00 cancellation fee. If it is less than 30 days, no refunds will be made.
Please note: In the event that there are less than 10 participants registered 14 days prior to the event date, the event will be canceled. All participants will be re-scheduled where possible, or fully refunded otherwise.
For more information please call (510) 632-9525 x220 or email the Education Programs Registrar.