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Scout Program Opportunities

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Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission invites Scouts to take advantage of the free interpretive program opportunities offered by our Parks Naturalist. (Note: Programs are free to Scouts from Washtenaw County. Out of County groups must pay a program fee of $45.00.)

Scouts can schedule field trips with a general nature theme, such as signs of spring, Michigan trees and beginning birdwatching, or Scout leaders may request a program specifically tailored to pin or badge requirements. (See below for a list of available programs.) Nature field trips can be scheduled in any of our County Parks (though some program topics are restricted to certain parks) and are available year round.

Scout groups are also welcome to schedule an historical tour of the Parker Mill Grist Mill, a working pioneer grain mill. Grist mill tours are available May - October only.

Scouts can also participate in hands-on, short-term conservation projects that will help Girl Scouts earn their Project Planet patch or Boy Scouts to earn their World Conservation Award. (No fee for conservation projects for out of county groups.)

Note: Depending on program, Scouts may complete all or only some of requirements needed to earn pin or patch.

Girl Scout Patch Programs:
Outdoor Adventurer
Watching Wildlife
Water Everywhere

Boy Scout Programs:
Sharing Our World With Wildlife

*Other programs may be possible, call with questions.

Fees: There is no charge to Washtenaw County Schools/Groups for WCPARC outdoor nature programs other than applicable park entry fees at Independence Lake and Rolling Hills. If a classroom is required there is a fee of $1.00 per student. Non Washtenaw County groups must pay a program fee (fee varies depending on program length). However, donations are always appreciated.

Program Times: Scout programs are done after school, or on weekends, depending on naturalist availability/Scouts' needs.

To Schedule: Call Faye Stoner at 971-6637, ext. 334 or email her at

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