Scout Groups | The Discovery Depot at Nature's Art VillageNature's Art Village

1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Montville, CT 06370

Nature's Art Village & The Dinosaur Place: 860-443-4367
The PAST Antiques & Genius 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!  There are many great activities in which to participate!

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!

For more information, please contact our Events Coordinator at 860-443-4367 or

Enrichment Activities

  • 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!
  • Genius 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.
  • Outdoor Activities:
    • The Dinosaur Place (Seasonal Rates Apply)
      • Over 40 life-sized dinosaurs with touch-and-learn stations and educational displays
      • 1.5 miles of pristine nature trails circumventing a 7-acre lake
      • Two animatronic dinosaur exhibits
      • The mammoth-sized a“MAZE”asaurus
      • The innovative Monty’s Playground including T.Rex Towers
      • A towering, active volcano
      • Shaded picnic tables for lunch
      • New England’s largest Splashpad®! (Seasonal)

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.

[faq title="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.

+- 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.

[faq title="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. 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.

+- 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 transfered to another date in the event of a weather-related postponement. We appreciate three week notice when reserving a date.