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Badge Programs


Our planet is home to thousands of different animals. Visit JBZ to get WILD and have fun earning your Girl Scout Journey Badge by learning about animal diversity and how animals connect to us and our environment! Your program will include hands-on learning activities, animal games, a tour through a selected region of the zoo (tour portion applies for during months zoo is open) plus a live animal demonstration! These GRRRRReat programs are ideal for troops who want a unique way of earning their next Journey badge!

Who: Junior Girl Scouts
Where: John Ball Zoo; 1300 W. Fulton; Grand Rapids, MI 49501
Cost: $7 per girl; 1 troop leader and 1 co-leader free (additional adults $3 each)
When: Monday - Saturday from (September-April), Sunday-Saturday (May-August)
Timeframe: 1hour & 30 minutes in length
Capacity: 8 girl minimum; 20 girls max per program

Journey Badge Programs Offered:
3 Cheers for Animals (Daisies)
Bugs, Senses, Pets (Brownies)
Animal Habitats (Juniors)
Animal Helpers (Cadettes)
Voice for Animals, Game Visionary (Seniors)

*If you are wishing to earn a badge that is not currently listed, feel free to give us call.  We have flexibility to accommodate programs to fit other badge requirements your troop is working towards.  This can also include the old badge programs previously offered (i.e. Eco-Explorer, Animal, Pet Care, Wildlife, etc.).

Register: Register: email kkemp@jbzoo.org or call (616) 336-4310