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The Pine River Nature Center provides fun and educational programs to help Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts fulfill badge requirements. 


Procedure for scheduling Scout groups 

We offer combined programs for several troops or dens. Check below for available programs and dates.


Call as soon as possible since programs fill quickly.


Please call first for availability of program. Registration is secured when payment is received. PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED AT LEAST 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO PROGRAM.


Please contact Carrie Kloka at (810) 364-5477 for availability of programs.


One check for each group can be written to SCCRESA and mailed to 2585 Castor Road, Goodells, MI 48027.


Cancellations must be made at least 2 weeks before the program. If cancellation is not received within the allotted time and/or Scouts do not participate, the Scout leader is responsible for the registration fee.


When programs have filled, there is no wait list. Spots may be available after payment due date.


On school days, programs will begin at 4 or 4:30 p.m. There may also be day programs when school is not in session. It is highly recommended and appreciated if Scout groups arrive 10 minutes before the start time. This will ensure that all requirements for the badge are covered in a timely manner.  


A minimum of 8 Scouts and a maximum of 25 are required for all programs to run.


Badge programs are typically 1-1/2 to 2 hours long. They focus on outdoor activities, so be sure to dress for the weather when your troop or pack visits.


We do not provide badges/awards. Please contact your local Scout office to order them. In addition, we can't always meet every requirement, as some badges require service or long-term projects.



Current programs 

For all Scout programs, please contact Carrie Kloka at (810) 364-5477.

All programs will include outdoor time unless noted otherwise.   



Tiger Adventure: Tigers in the Wild

Tuesday, October 25, 2016     4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for a hike where we will find three different kinds of plants, animals, or signs that animals have been on the trail. We will also examine two different trees, two different types of plants and two animals. Payment for this program is due October 11.

Cost: $5 per scout.



Bear Adventure: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns

Tuesday, November 1, 2016     4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

We will identify signs of animals on a one mile hike, discuss extinct and endangered animals and observe wildlife. Also, we will examine plants using a magnifying glass and learn about composting. Dress for the weather. Payment for this program is due on or before October 18.

Cost: $5 per scout.





Call to schedule.



Other available Scout programs

Your requests are helpful for us to determine which programs are in demand. 

Listed below are the badges for which the nature center can provide. Some badges are only offered seasonally. Check with your local council for occasional programs offered to several troops/packs at once. For a flyer of these offerings click here.




Tiger Adventure

  • Tigers in the Wild


Wolf Adventure

  • Paws on the Path 


Bear Adventure

  •  Fur, Feathers, and Ferns  


Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure
  •  Into the Woods 


Eagle Scout projects

Looking for a place to do your Eagle Scout service project?

Contact the nature center at (810) 364-5477 to discuss current opportunities.





Daisy Scouts

  • Michigan Reptiles


Brownie Try-Its

  • Household Elf
  • Senses
  • Bugs
  • Hiker


Jr. Girl Scouts

  • Animal Habitats
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