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Are you looking for a fun, unique activity to help your scouts work towards a badge, achievement, or elective?  Binder Park Zoo’s Badge-in-a-Day programs are an exciting way to introduce your scout group to wildlife and conservation while working towards specific requirements. The two-hour program includes a live animal presentation, games and activities, and zoo admission for the day (in-season only). Programs are available for scouts of all ages!

Who?Any scout group, ages 5 and up; all participants MUST be at least 5 years old by the date of the program.  A minimum of 8 paying participants (or a minimum payment of $120 in-season/$64 off-season) are required to run the program and a maximum of 30 participants are allowed. 

What? A special way to earn a new badge!  Badge-in-a-Day programs include a live animal presentation, games and activities, and zoo admission for the day (in-season only).  During our off-season you may purchase a 30 minute guided tour to the exhibits of our winter hearty animals to be done after the 2 hour Badge in a Day. This is not a behind the scenes tour. Programs are designed to work towards specific badges, click here for specific program information.   

Where? Binder Park Zoo’s Conservation Discovery Center. Portions of the program may also take place outside.

When? Programs are available in-season from April 14-October 9, 2016 and off-season January 1 - April 13, 2016 and November 4 - December 2016.  Specific dates and times are based on staff availability and are very flexible based on your group’s need.  Please contact the zoo for more details.     

How Much? $15 per person in-season, $8 per person off-season, off season 30 minute guided tour $2 per person; one leader gets in free (after 8 paid participants)! Calhoun, Branch, Kalamazoo and Van Buren County Scout groups will receive a 10% discount.

To register: Click here for a printable in-season registration form.  Click here for a printable off-season registration form.  Registration forms may be mailed or faxed to the address or number below.  A $30 non-refundable deposit is required with registrations and will be subtracted from your final total.  Final payment is due 2 weeks prior to your program.  If registering within 2 weeks of your program, full payment is due with registration.   

Mail registration forms to:     
Binder Park Zoo
Attn: Hannah Smedley
7400 Division Drive   
Battle Creek, MI 49014

Registration forms may also be faxed to:  (269) 979-8834

Payment Policy: All payments are non-refundable.  Refunds will only be given in the circumstance that Binder Park Zoo is unable to place your group in an available date, or if Binder Park Zoo must cancel the program due to low enrollment or other extenuating circumstances.  Your deposit may be used if you switch dates if available, but a $10 processing fee will be charged if it is less than 30 days prior to your original program date.  A $10 late fee is charged for any late final payments.  All groups are required to pay for at least 75% of the original number of participants registered when making final payment 2 weeks prior to program and may not go below minimum number.

Any questions? Please contact Hannah Smedley at (269) 979-1351 ext. 174 or


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