Scout Groups | Nature's Art Village

1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Montville, CT 06370

Nature's Art Village & The Dinosaur Place: 860-443-4367
The PAST & The Gateway Museum:860-437-3615

Scout Groups

Bring your Troop, Pack, or Den for a fun and educational visit to Nature’s Art Village in Montville, CT! Whether you’d like to book a Badge Program or just a fantastic day of hands-on fun, there are many great activities in which to participate! More scout programs are offered in Discovery Depot, indoor activity center. Click here for more on these wonderful programs!

Scout Program space is limited and fills quickly so reserve yours today by calling our Guest Relations Office at 860-443-4367 or emailing! 3 weeks advanced notice is required to book any group trip to The Dinosaur Place.

Outdoor Scout Programs

Click on a scout program below to see a brief description. Nature’s Art Village offers even more programs inside Discovery Depot! Click here for more scout programs.

+- Animal Habitats Badge: Girl Scout Junior

Your Girl Scout Juniors will love learning about animals from around the world and from their own back yards during this wild badge program!

  • This 90-minute program discusses local and exotic wild animals, their habitats, how they survive, how they are impacted by humans, and how we can protect them!
  • Explore our 65-acre adventure park, The Dinosaur Place, all day to search for wild animals and their habitats*!
  • Satisfies all requirements for the Animal Habitats Badge at the Girl Scout Junior level:
    1. Find out about wild animals
    2. Investigate an animal habitat
    3. Create an animal house
    4. Explore endangered habitats
    5. Help protect animal habitats

Click here for an Animal Habitats Badge outline to bring to your next Girl Scout Junior meeting!

$23.99 per scout (price includes Scout admission to The Dinosaur Place*; chaperone admission additional)

*The Dinosaur Place available seasonally, opening the first week of April and closing at the end of November. One Discovery Depot activity may be substituted for The Dinosaur Place in the event of inclement weather or if your program is booked when The Dinosaur Place is closed.

A minimum of 8 scouts is required. Reservation requires a $50 non-refundable deposit due 3 weeks prior to your visit. Siblings and friends may be added to the group as well!

Optional Add-On Enrichment Activities & Items

Let the fun continue by adding one or more of our fantastic enrichment activities or items!

  • Discovery Depot Indoor Activities:
    • Thunder Creek
      • Each Scout travels back in time to 1849 and pans for “gold” that they get to keep!
    • Bone Zone
      • Working together, Scouts uncover a life-sized dinosaur skeleton reproduction and get a kit of their own fossils to bring home!
    • Jackpot Mine
      • Scouts dig for gems and minerals, identify what they find, and keep their collections!
  • Gateway Museum:
    • Guided Museum Tour
      • Discover marvels of engineering and rare artifacts which served as the cornerstones of many of today’s modern conveniences!
      • Tours are led by our trained interpreters who are ready to answer any questions you have.
      • You may enjoy the museum for as long as you’d like after your tour!
  • Outdoor Activities:
    • The Dinosaur Place with Splashpad (Seasonal Rates Apply)
      • All of the above plus access to New England’s largest Splashpad®!
  • Add-On Items:
    • Friendship Geodes or Whole Geode Cutting
      • Friendship Geodes are selected from an assortment of geodes, cut on the spot, and each Scout gets half!
      • Or add a whole geode cut for each Scout!
    • Souvenir Patch from The Dinosaur Place™
      • A Monty the T. rex patch makes an impact on your Scout’s uniform!

Scout FAQs

Click on each question or plus sign to view our most frequently asked questions.

+- What is the minimum group size?

Minimum Scout group size is 8 Scouts. We encourage small groups to join together. We reserve the right to co-book small groups. If you are under the 8 scout minimum we are able to accommodate your group, but we must charge the flat fee for 8.

+- Are the activities handicap accessible?

Both indoor and outdoor activities are wheelchair accessible. Handicapped children may have an adult help them in the Jackpot Mine, Thunder Creek, and/or the Bone Zone. Please let us know in advance of any special requirements you may have. We recommend wide-wheeled wheelchairs for use outdoors in The Dinosaur Place.

+- Are patches included?

Patches are not included in the program fee. We do have patches for sale with Monty the T-Rex or the Nature’s Art Village logo on them.

+- Do we have an instructor the whole time?

Yes, you have a trained instructor for the entire indoor portion of your program! The Dinosaur Place is self-guided.

+- Is there a sibling or friend policy?

Siblings and friends may be added to the group for the same rate as the Scouts participating. If siblings or friends are not participating in the hands-on activities, they may watch for no charge. There is no limitation to the number of parents or chaperones that may watch the program. Siblings and friends may partake in the Jackpot Mine activity or admission to The Dinosaur Place at a reduced rate.

+- Do adults attending have to pay?

Adult chaperones may watch the program free of charge, but must pay associated fees if they participate in any activity or enter The Dinosaur Place. One adult chaperone is required for every 12 kids.

+- Can we order food?

Absolutely! We offer group rates on food orders when they are added on to the Badge or Pin Program. No outside food is permitted in the main building. If your group takes advantage of the outdoor adventure dinosaur park (The Dinosaur Place), you are welcome to use our picnic areas and bring a bag lunch into the park.

+- Do we have to do a Badge Program?

No, not at all! You can book a group for additional activities with a minimum of 20 participants.

+- What are the policies for reservations and deposits?

A non-refundable deposit is $50 (minimum) is required to hold the requested date. There are no deposit refunds for cancellations, but your deposit can be credited to your account in the event of a weather-related postponement. We appreciate three week notice when reserving a date.