Girl Scout Workshops

Grades 1–12


This program is temporarily unavailable.

Program Overview

Gather up your troop and head on down to the Oakland Zoo for a day full of fun and adventure! We offer a variety of Badge Workshops and Journey Workshops for scouts of all ages. All themes involve hands-on, fun, and educational activities. Whether you decide to explore like an ecologist, learn about the animal and plant kingdoms, find out how to care for animals, or plant a tree, you're sure to have a blast at the Oakland Zoo. Spaces fill up fast, so make your reservation today!


Program Fees

$20 per scout/$10 per adult

$40 per scout/$15 per adult (Think Like a Citizen Science Workshops)

All adults and children must register.

Parking Fee

$10 per car

Group Size Limits

Minimum 10/Maximum 30

More than 1 troop may sign up for an event

Adult/Child Ratios

2 Adults/5 Daisies

1 Adult/6 Brownies

1 Adult/8 Juniors

1 Adult/10 Older Girls


You will receive 1 patch per scout for the program you have selected.

Upcoming Dates

Brownies/Juniors: Think Like a Citizen Scientist (SOLD OUT)

April 4, 2020 - 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

We also have many open workshops dates available each month. Please contact a Reservations Associate for current openings.

Badge Workshops

Brownies: Bugs

Come down to the Oakland Zoo to learn a bit about bugs! You will never want to tell a bug to "buzz" off again after you spend a few hours at the Zoo. Come down and learn exactly what makes a bug a bug by illustrating some of their common body parts. You will also have the chance to meet some of our resident bugs by visiting them in their homes here at the Zoo.

Juniors: Animal Habitats

Come find out how important it is to preserve an animal's habitat. You will investigate many different animals here at the Zoo and learn about each ones unique habitat. You also will learn a bit about what makes each one of these animals an expert at living in their habitat and design your own habitat for an animal.

Journey Workshops

Please note that Journey workshops only meet a portion of what is required in the Journey. Girl Scouts will not complete their entire Journey by attending these workshops.

Daisies: Three Cheers for Animals

Based on this leadership Journey, Daisies learn how best to take care of pets and steward wildlife. They'll investigate how animals communicate, how birds make nests, and make their own "All About Me" nests out of natural materials. After going on a mini zoo tour and meeting an animal up-close, they'll leave with their own ideas to educate others about animal care and wildlife conservation.

Brownies: Wonders of Water

Based on this leadership Journey, Brownies will dive into learning about their part in the water cycle. They'll go on an aquatic scavenger hunt in the Children's Zoo, explore watersheds and wildlife at the Arroyo Viejo Creek, and meet an animal close-up. They'll leave with a water drop promise to bring the water conservation message back to their own watersheds.

Juniors: Get Moving

In this leadership Journey, Juniors get wild about energy as they explore the ecological energy cycle. They'll learn how to do an energy audit, explore animal migration on a Zoo tour, meet an animal close-up, and make conservation promise beads.

Brownies/Juniors: Think Like a Citizen Scientist (New)

Did you know that the Oakland Zoo is involved in conservation partnerships around the world? In this special Journey workshop, girls will learn about some of the zoo’s conservation projects and help us with our work. In the first portion of the program, they will make observations, learn to collect data like real scientists, design their own field notebook, and meet one of our Education animals up close. After a lunch break, girls will complete a citizen science project right here in the zoo! Finally, the group will brainstorm their Take Action project together so they are ready to share their work with their community.

Hours: 9:30am–2:30pm

Additional Items for Purchase

$3 for each additional Oakland Zoo Scout Programs patch (for all ages).

Additional patches can be purchased through your Education Specialist the day of your program.

Reservation Information

To make a reservation download the Girl Scout Workshop Request Form and submit a completed copy by fax (510) 729-7324 or by email at least 6 weeks in advance. We are unable to accommodate bookings less than 2 weeks prior to the event.

Payment and Cancellation Policies


For more information please call (510) 632-9525 x220 or email the Education Reservations Associate.