Scout Adventures at the Zoo!

The Zoo offers the thrill of a wildlife adventure in a safe and educational atmosphere. Scout programs encourage enthusiasm for learning about nature by engaging participants in a hands-on exploration of the world around them. Plus you can meet badge requirements or achievements. The Zoo comes alive through games, hikes, scavenger hunts, and animal demonstrations.

Many of our programs are perfect for scout groups.  

Want to experience the zoo at night?  Check out our Slumber Safari or Wild Night programs.
Want the zoo to come out to your meeting? Check out our Zoo Mobile.

Scout Day Programs

scouts square Our experienced educators will lead your group through activities in our education classrooms and on Zoo grounds that will fulfill requirements to earn scout badges and achievements.

We currently have programs for Webelo, Bear Cub, Daisy, and Brownie Scouts. Wolf Cub program coming Spring 2016.

When are Scout Day Programs available?

  • Offered year-round, daily (some restrictions during June and July and event days)
  • 9:00am-11:30am or 1:00-3:30pm

How much are Scout Day Program?

  • $10 per scout; minimum of 8 scouts, maximum of 15
  • 1 free troop leader; additional non-member adults $8
  • siblings will not be admitted

Where do Scout Day Programs take place?

  • All Scout Day Programs take place in the Gertrude C. Ford Education Building.

How do I register my troop?

  • Call (601) 352-2580 ext 240
  • Programs are booked on a first come, first serve basis.
  • All programs must be booked at least one month in advance.

Want something different and “wild” for your group? Check out our night time programs.

Need a fun den/scout meeting activity? See how a Zoo Mobile can spice it up.


Naturalists have a great love for nature. They notice details that others may miss. They know that all life is interconnected. If you like watching wildlife, you’re already a naturalist!  When Scouts complete this program, they’ll have studied living creatures, great and small and the wild plants that surround us.

Sharing Your World with Wildlife

Every living creature has a place in this world and there is room for all of us. You can help protect wildlife many ways and in this Bear Cub Scout program, scouts will learn about wildlife, conservation, and how they can help.

Caring for Animals

Animals have a lot of needs to survive life in the wild. Learn about how wildlife is adapted for life in the wild, how zoo keepers care for the zoo animals, and how you can care for your pets.

Daisy scouts earn the Red Robin award. Brownie scouts earn the Pets Acheivement

Our Living World

Our Earth is the only one we have. In this program, scouts will learn about how to take care of the Earth and the plants and animals that call it home.

Looking for an Eagle Scout Project?

The Jackson Zoo is committed to helping our community become stewards of the environment. One of the ways we do this is through Eagle Scout Service Projects.

Check out our volunteer page for more information.