The CHA offers programs for Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops in order to fulfill badge/journey requirements, Eagle projects, and Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award projects.
Badge and journey programs can be 60-120 minutes or overnight. Programs are taught by a CHA educator and include outdoor components. Programs are offered Friday after-school or Saturday. Scout Leaders should contact the CHA to schedule a program. Scouts should contact the CHA to identify possible projects to fulfill their awards. (973)376-3587
BOY SCOUT PROGRAMS:
Contact the CHA at (973)376-3587 for details.
GIRL SCOUT PROGRAMS:
Brownies (2nd & 3rd grade)
($5 per Scout): This is a 60 minute program and includes live insect observations and a woodlands hike to explore bug homes.
($5 per Scout): This is a 60 minute program and includes an extended woodland hike.
($5 per Scout): This is a 60 minute program and includes a sensory hike including a diversity of nature-based activities to emphasize each sense.
Juniors (4th & 5th grade)
Animal Habitat Badge
($5 per Scout): A 60 minute program and includes a woodlands hike to identify arboretum animals and explore their habitats.
($5 per Scout): A 60 minute program and includes a woodlands hike in search of wildflowers, identifying the parts of each wildflower, and identifying pollinators visiting the wildflowers.
($25 per Scout): This is an over-night program (Friday evening to Saturday morning) and includes dinner, night hike, campfire, s'mores, morning hike, and breakfast. (Camper program must be scheduled 2 months in advance with a minimum of 10 Scouts)
Cadettes (6th, 7th, & 8th grade)
Night Owl Badge
($10 per Scout): Girls arrive at dusk. This is a120 minute program and includes a woodlands hike at dusk and at night in order to compare and contrast what they observe. (Night owl program must be scheduled 1 month in advance with a minimum of 10 Scouts)
($5 per Scout): This is a 60 minute program and includes a woodlands hike to identify different tree species, search for the oldest tree in the woodlands, identify animals using trees, and discussing how Native Americans used trees.
Seniors (9th & 10th grade)
($5 per Scout): Girls arrive after-dark. This is a 60 minute program including star watching and identifying constellations.
Social Innovator Badge
: The CHA staff is available to help troops identify and learn about social problems, research and identify possible solutions, connecting troops with relevant stakeholders, and help troops develop a solution to their chosen social problem.
Ambassadors (11th & 12th grade)
($10 per Scout): This is a 120 minute program and includes several water experiments and demonstrations.
School Field Trips and Classroom Programs
The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (CHA) offers field trips and classroom programs for grades K-5. Each lesson has been designed to correlate to NJCCC and supplement science curriculum. Students learn about a nature-themed topic through observation, discussion, teamwork, and hands-on activities.
Our 90 minute field trips are conducted 50% indoors and 50% outdoors, unless otherwise specified. Please ensure that students dress for the weather as they will be outdoors in light rain. Field trips are available Monday through Friday from 9:30am-11:00am or 12:30pm-2:00pm (flexible with bus/lunch schedules).
Our 30-60 minute classroom programs are conducted at the school. Teachers should decide if the program will take place indoors or outdoors and inform the CHA in advance. Classroom programs are available Monday through Friday at a time agreed upon by the CHA and participating teachers.
For information on scheduling and fees, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973.376.3587.
- Introduction to senses
- Animal use of senses
- Investigation of senses
- Parts of a tree
- Tree functions
- Tree investigation
- Flower anatomy
- Seed making process
- Flower investigation
- Introduction to soil
- Investigate soil types
- Introduction to composting and worms
- Arthropod classification
- Insect ecology
- Insect observation
- Arthropod investigation
- Habitat needs to support life
- Micro-habitat exploration
- Animal life-cycles
Rocks and Local Geology:
- How rocks are formed
- Using dichotomous key
- Local rocks identification
- Local geology hike
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