Scout Groups

Explore together!

Educational & fun hands on activities

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 [email protected].

Discovery Depot Indoor Activities:

  • Thunder Creek:
    • Each Scout travels back in time to 1849 and pans for “gold” that they get to keep!
  • The 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 Tour:

Take a historic walk back through time and discover a wide variety of exhibits that showcase the rapid transformation of American technology, from steam engines to search engines! Scouts will find marvels of engineering and stunning, little known artifacts that served as the cornerstone of many of today’s modern conveniences.

Tour groups are led by our knowledgeable trained interpreters who are ready to answer any questions.

The Dinosaur Place: Outdoor Adventure Park (Seasonal Rates Apply)

Bring the fun outside and discover an adventure of prehistoric proportions! In The Dinosaur Place, you and your Scouts explore over 50 life-sized dinosaurs with touch-and-learn stations and educational displays along 1.5 miles of pristine nature trails circumventing a 7-acre lake. Also included are two animatronic dinosaur exhibits, our mammoth-sized a“MAZE”asaurus, the innovative Monty’s Playground including T-Rex Tower, an erupting volcano, shaded picnic tables for lunch, and New England’s largest Splash Pad (seasonal)!

Scout FAQs: 

What is the minimum group size?

The minimum Scout group size is 8 Scouts. We encourage small groups to join together.

Are activities accessible?

Both Indoor hands-on museum activities and outdoor activities are accessible. Physically disabled children or children with special needs 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. Wide-wheeled strollers and wheelchairs are recommended for the natural packed gravel trails outdoors.

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.

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 children.

Can we order food?

Absolutely! We offer group rates on food orders. No outside food is permitted in the main building. If your group’s program includes admission to The Dinosaur Place, you are welcome to use our picnic areas and bring a bag lunch into the park. We also have picnic tables available outside of the park for your convenience. 

What are the policies for reservations and deposits?

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