Calling All Scouts! Combine your love for scouting and wildlife with many exciting opportunities at the Chattanooga Zoo! From workshops to overnights, we have what you need to learn and earn your badge!

Boy Scouts of America

Environmental Science Merit Badge Overnight

Join us on September 6th-7th for our Merit Badge Overnight! Your scout will complete their Environmental Science badge while exploring the zoo after hours and spending the night on the wild side! This class is $90 for each scout and $37 for each accompanying adult. Registration includes a pizza dinner, breakfast, animal meet-n-greets, zoo tour, behind the scenes tours, and completion of the Environmental Science merit badge! We also have a merit badge counselor on-site that will sign off on the badge being complete! Click below to register for this overnight experience!

Limited space available. 

Contact Scout Coordinator at 423-713-7595 for more information!

Register HERE for this overnight!


Reptile & Amphibian Merit Badge Overnight

Spring date coming soon!


Girl Scouts

Badge Overnights coming soon!


Workshop Information

These two-hour activity-packed workshops are ideal for your next group meeting or outing. The Zoo will provide your scouts with the knowledge and experience that is required by the National Boys and Girl Scout organizations. The Chattanooga Zoo works closely with the National Boy and Girl Scout organizations to ensure a fun-filled educational experience that meets your program’s mission.

  • Workshops are offered Tuesdays through Saturdays at 9:30am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm
  • A minimum of 5 scouts and maximum of 20 scouts are allowed per program. 3 programs allowed per time slot
  • Payment is due upon arrival
  • To book your program please email Tessa Vance at or call (423) 697- 1322 ext. 7595.




  • $12 per scout
  • $10.95 per adult
  • Free 1 scout leader per 10 scouts
  • Price includes Zoo admission

Scout Zoo Snooze

Now you and your fellow scouts can spend a night in the wildest place in town! Come and see the Zoo as you never have before! Take a nighttime tour, meet and greet some of our animals, earn your badge, and more!

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Scouts BSA Workshops
Bear cubs
Fur, Feathers, and Ferns

Let's learn more about animal behavior and the importance of wildlife at the zoo! There are so many things you can learn about through the art of observation. During this workshop, we will be talking about animal conservation and why it is important to watch your wildlife. How are some animals becoming endangered? Why did some animals disappear? What can YOU do to help?


Tigers in the Wild

Animals are exciting to watch, whether you are looking at them in the wild or at the Zoo! In this class, we will learn how to observe wildlife and how everyone can do their part to help nature and keep wildlife wild! Come explore with us and meet some animals that are part of our conservation efforts! 

Webelo, AOL cubs

Let's all be Zooperheroes today! By joining in this workshop, you will learn about where some of the famous superhero creators got their powers from! So what is a ZOOperhero you ask? Why it's someone who loves to save wildlife! We will also be creating our very own Zooperhero with natural saving powers.

Webelo, AOL cubs
Into The Wild

Producers, consumers, decomposers, Oh MY! During our workshop “Into the Wild” we will be visiting different habitats around the zoo and talk about what animals live in them. What role do they play in the food chain? Are they important to our ecosystem? How do they interact and coexist with humans?


We offer taxon-specific badges such as Mammal, Insect, Bird, Reptile & Amphibian Study, Nature, and Environmental Science!
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Girl Scout Workshops
Using Resources Wisely

Reduce, reuse, recycle! In this class, we will learn what it takes to help protect our planet from human-made wastes. It is very important to regulate what products we use, how much we use them, and how we dispose of our products! How long does it take for a plastic bag to decompose? What IS Decomposition? A better, bigger question: Is it safe? Let's find out together on your next adventure at the zoo!

Crawling Critters

What has six legs, three body part, eats dead plant material, and makes a loud hissing sound? You guessed it! A Madagascar hissing cockroach! During this class, we will be learning about not only our six-legged friends, but our 8 legged friends, and our hundred-legged friends! Did you know that not all insects are bugs?

Animal Habitats

In this class, we will learn about what makes a habitat, what types of habitats there are, and what creatures live in them! The natural world is very unique, and complex ecosystems create each one individually. We will be talking about what it means to be a desert, how cold it gets in Antarctica, and what is in our backyard!



Animal Helpers

In this class, we will learn how animals and humans coexist and benefit from one another. Practice being a scientist while observing animals and their behaviors at the zoo, all while learning how zoos help animals and how animals aid us in many ways.


Workshops that fit MANY scouts!
Brownie girl scouts, Bear cub scouts
Fantastic Family Friends!

Come learn about what it means to have a pet! What does a pet need to survive? What sort of pets do we have? What is different between a pet and a wild animal? We will be meeting some animals that can make great pets! We will also meet some animals that would not make the best pets, and we will talk about why in our class!

Daisy, Brownie, Junior, & Cadette GIRL SCOUTS

Outdoor Art!

Combine your love of nature, wildlife, and art! In this class, we will get inspired by the sounds, smells, textures, and patterns that wildlife has to offer. The zoo is the perfect place to observe animals while creating your own wild masterpiece.


Junior girl scouts, Wolf cub scouts
Gardening Naturalist

Growing a plant can be so rewarding! Whether you're growing colorful flowers or a towering tree, plants need a lot of care! What does a plant need to live? What is photosynthesis? Come plant with us and learn about Mother Nature, and take home a cool souvenir!

Seniors, Eagles, & Older groups
Voice in Conservation

The Zoo has many animals that are a part of the Species Survival Program, and we take part in lots of conservation work! Some of it is done right here in Chattanooga! Want to learn about endangered species? What does it mean to conserve? Come take a walk on the wild side with us and meet some animals that are a part of conservation efforts around the world! 

Don't see a workshop you need? Contact us to see what we can do for you and your scouts!