Our Girl Scout programs have been developed to satisfy the requirements of the Girl Scout Council of the United States. Except where noted, all programs are available year round. Here are answers to frequently asked questions:
How long are your scout programs? Most last 1 hour, some programs may go up to 1.5 hours.
How much do your scout programs cost? Most cost $6.50 per participant. Minimum fee for most programs: $55. No fee for adults.
Can I purchase the patch there? Petals and badges are not available for purchase except where noted. We have ENC patches for sale in our gift shop.
How do I schedule?
1. Read the information on this page and decide on a program you’d like to do.
2. Check your calendar and the calendars of everyone else who will be coming BEFORE scheduling to avoid unnecessary rescheduling. Have a few preferred dates chosen. We prefer to schedule programs at least 2 months in advance. Please read our cancellation policy.
3. Please have only ONE person from your troop call (949) 645-8489, email us, or complete the online form below (scroll to the end of the page). When multiple people contact us on behalf of a troop there are frequently misscommunications. 🙂
Can we bring siblings and parents? In order for the scouts to have the best scouting experience it is ideal for them to spend time together as a troop w/o their siblings and parents – with just a leader and co-leader as chaperones. That said, if parents and siblings want to attend that is fine. If siblings participate then we just ask that you pay for them. The maximum number of children we can accommodate in a group is 20.
Will the program complete the entire Journey? No. When the Journeys came out, ENC staff read though the books and created 1.5 hour programs that are an overview of select Journeys, which are meant to be accomplished through the school year. We chose to include activities mentioned in the Journey books that we are good at doing, that we ENJOY doing, and which may be more difficult for leaders to accomplish without a Nature Center at their disposal.
Girl Scout Daisy Programs
Daisy Flower Garden Journey
On a hike through the nature center, your Daisies will learn about local flowers and the mysteries of the daisies. The Girl Scouts delve into why pollinators are important and take part in a bee waggle dance game. The secrets of leaves are revealed as they do leaf rubbings of one of our interesting leaves found at the ENC. Using our compost-learning center, the girls will discover decomposers and meet a live animal that decomposes! The program is 1-1.5 hours and costs $6.50 per scout.
Daisy Between Earth and Sky Journey
Daisies embark on a journey as they discover how seeds travel by analyzing big, small, spiky, and fluffy seeds. As they hike through our coastal redwood trees, the girls explore the importance of trees and take part in a bark rubbing activity. The Girl Scouts play a game to learn about the directions on a compass and get creative as they create art with the mission of only use natural elements. This program is packed with adventures embracing multiple nature topics! The program is 1-1.5 hours and costs $6.50 per scout.
Daisy 3 Cheers for Animals Journey
Hop, jump, crawl and slither along with our many animal friends in this creature-featured journey! Your Girl Scouts explore how animals communicate by identifying different animal sounds. The Daisies learn about some flying animals by analyzing real bird nests and having a one scout morph into a butterfly! An animal listening game reveals the important sense of hearing. We’ll finish our adventure with fun animal yoga moves! The program is 1-1.5 hours and costs $6.50 per scout. Also available as a Traveling Naturalist program.
Girl Scout Brownie Programs
Brownies Wonders of Water Journey
The Earth is 70% water! That’s fascinating! Your Brownies become a part of the water cycle and learn the different steps within the cycle. As they hike through the center, the girls learn the importance of protecting aquatic habitats and meet a toad! They will work together on a skit to realize the actions they can take to conserve water. After a fun interactive game on wasting water, the Brownies will take a personal pledge to not waste water. The program is 1-1.5 hours and costs $6.50 per scout.
Brownie Hiker Activity Badge From the Wonders of Water Journey
Get ready for an adventure! During a hike through the ENC, Brownies will learn everything they need to know about hiking. With a fun game the Girl Scouts set up trail signs, create a hiking map, and dress each other up as they learn about hiking gear essentials. The girls hope to not get a “rotten tomato card” as the do an interactive activity when discovering what snacks are needed on a hike. At the end of the program, the Brownies will discover different ways they can appreciate nature and discuss the Leave No Trace motto. This program completes the requirements for the Brownie Hiker Legacy Badge. The program is 1-1.5 hours and costs $6.50 per scout.
Brownie Bugs Legacy Badge
Turn that reaction about bugs from “EW!” into an “AWESOME!” Bring your Girl Scouts to the ENC to discover these little creatures in action as the hike throughout the center looking for bugs. Brownies will get up close and personal with some arthropod friends through a fun anatomy song and drawing. The Girl Scouts put their creativity hats on as the make a model of a bug’s “house” and with a groovy tie-dyed butterfly craft. They will also visit our butterfly house (in season). There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to bugs! This program completes the requirements for the Brownie Bugs Legacy Badge. The program is 1-1.5 hours and costs $6.50 per scout. Also available as a Traveling Naturalist program.
Girl Scout Junior Programs
Juniors Get Moving Journey
Energy makes the world go ‘round! In this electrifying program, your Girl Scouts use solar car toys to discover the differences between renewable and non-renewable energy. The Junior Girl Scouts will understand the connection of reusing items and saving energy as they take part in eye-opening activities and games using single use materials. By performing a skit and taking a unique personal pledge, each Girl Scout will leave with an understanding and a passion to conserve energy! The program is 1-1.5 hours and costs $6.50 per scout.
Juniors Animal Habitats Activity Badge From the Amuse Journey
Throughout the ENC there are 15 different ecosystems, what better place to learn about animal habitats! The Girl Scouts will hike through the nature center and work together to perform a skit about wild animals, build a animal “home” using natural materials, and take action to protect animals at the ENC. In addition, each Junior Girl Scout will get a chance to meet a live amphibian as they take in information about international and local endangered habitats. This program completes the requirements for the Juniors Animal Habitat Badge. The program is 1-1.5 hours and costs $6.50 per scout.
Juniors Flowers Legacy Badge
There’s more to flowers than just beauty! Bring your Juniors to the ENC and unlock the secrets of flowers. Your Girl Scouts will go on a flower hunt and learn how to identify some local native flowers. Discoveries will be made of how flowers are used for medicine. The girls will stop and smell the flowers as they observe pollinators and play a fun flower scent game. Lastly, the Girl Scouts will create a recycled flower craft which they can give as a gift. This program completes the requirements for the Flower Legacy Badge. The program is 1-1.5 hours and costs $6.50 per scout.
Cadette “Trees” Legacy Badge
While on a hike, the Cadettes eat a tree/plant dish straight from our center! The Girl Scouts immerse themselves in tree knowledge as they learn the different parts of the trees, inspect tree cookies, debate logging, and plant a tree they can take home. After a fun poem reading, the girls will get creative and write their own tree poem. This program completes the requirements for the Tree Legacy Badge-Cadettes must look over their tree for a month. The program is 1 1/2 hours and costs $8/scout.
Additional Brownie & Junior Programs
Available May through mid-October.Butterflies are more than just beautiful! Come to the ENC and visit our native butterfly house to observe live butterflies in action. On a hike through the center, scouts will discover miraculous metamorphosis and learn that a butterfly’s anatomy is much different than our own. Girls will create butterfly artwork to bring their knowledge home and even create their own species of tie-dyed butterfly. The program is 1-1.5 hours and costs $6.50 per scout. Patches are available for $2/each.
This program focuses on the Indigenous people of Orange County – the Tongva (Gabrielino) and Acjachemen (Juaneño). On a hike through the nature center, scouts will learn what California was like 500 years ago and play a game to discover that we use Native American words every day. Girls will play instruments and listen to authentic Native American music and play games that Tongva children played hundreds of years ago. Scouts will even get to create their own game to bring home. The program is 1-1.5 hours and costs $6.50 per scout. Patches are available for $2/each. Also available as a Traveling Naturalist program.
If cancellations occur at least two weeks before the program, no fees apply. If cancellations occur within two weeks before the date of the program, the minimum fee for the scheduled program will be charged. Fees do not apply if cancellations occur due to inclement weather.