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Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA)


Girl Scout Bicentennial and Patch Festival

September 7
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $25 per Girl Scout / $9 per adult

Registration for this event has closed. If you have any questions please contact Misty Hertzig at

Organized activities and free exploration will give Girl Scouts from Daisies to Cadettes an opportunity to earn more than just the Bicentennial patch. Patches that can be earned by attending this event are listed below. Cost of the event includes the patches to be earned. The organized activities will run from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. but you are welcome to stay all day and enjoy the Garden.

Registration is required and must be done no later than September 4. If you need to register but are unable to make an online payment by September 4, please contact Misty Hertzig at with your plans to attend and payment arrangements can be made.

Girl Scout Leaders are free and all girls must be accompanied by an adult for this event. We will have organized activities but rotation through the activities will be on your own within the schedule that will be provided as we get closer to the event.

Daisy Patches:
Outdoor Art Maker
Eco Learner
Trail Adventure

Brownie Patches:
Outdoor Art Creator
Outdoor Adventure

Junior Patches:
Animal Habitats
Outdoor Art Explorer

Cadette Patches:
Outdoor Art Apprentice

If you have any questions please contact Misty Hertzig at

Additional Girl Scout Programs

Girl Scout programs listed below can be scheduled for a minimum of 10 girls by calling the education department. We also will customize a trip just for YOU!
Soozi Pline, (256) 830-4447 Ext. 252
Misty Hertzig, (256) 830-4447 Ext. 253
$8 per participant; includes admission

Following the program, troops are welcome to stay for a self-guided visit of the garden.

Naturalist TREES 

Girl Scout Grade level: All
Grab your naturalist hat and get ready to know trees-from the shade to the science, the fruit to the forest, and the legends to the lumber.  To know trees is to love them!  We have over 100 different tree species in the Garden. Learn to identify trees by their bark, leaves, seeds and tree shape too.

Naturalist FLOWERS
Girl ScoutGrade level: All
Uncover the science of flowers with a botanist at the Garden! We’ll begin our tour with a lesson inside and venture out into the Garden to explore firsthand how flowers grow. Find out how flowers help people and what you can do to have fun with flowers!

Naturalist GARDENER
Girl Scout Grade level: All
Come explore garden designs with a landscape architect and horticulturalist at the Huntsville Botanical Garden.  When planting containers to garden beds math skills are always needed!  We’ll show you how!

Daisy Girl Scout
Greenhouse and Garden Tour

Satisfy a requirement from the It’s Your Planet – Love it! And it’s Your World – Change it!  Daisy Girl Scout awards.  Take a trip to the Huntsville Botanical Garden to see how flowers are grown!  Learn about the needs of a plant, how they grow in a greenhouse and outside in the garden too, explore the texture of various types of soil, and identify the parts of a plant and its flower.  Walk through the spectacular 112 acre Garden looking for the 11 flowers from the Daisy Flower Garden.   We have them all!

Alabama Bicentennial Patch (included in the $8 price per Girl Scout)

GSNCA Patch Program For:
All Girl Scout Age Levels Objectives:
To learn about the state of Alabama while participating in fun activities during our Bicentennial.
Patch may be earned at Huntsville Botanical Garden January through December 2019.
Schedule your group today!  Contact Misty Hertzig, Children’s Education Manager; , 256-830-4447 EXT 253

Printable GSNCA PDF Patch Program
Grade Level Requirements: Complete the number of activities for each age level, including one from each category.  Patches will be provided

Discover State of Alabama history: Find out when Alabama became a state. Where was the first Capital? Who was the first Governor? What is the oldest city in Alabama? Was is established prior to statehood? Learn about Alabama before it became a state. Find out in which cave the skeletal remains of a pre-historic man was found. Who were its inhabitants? Where are they now? Which Native American Tribes were significant in Alabama history? Research the seven flags of Alabama and their significance to Alabama. Find out what flags fly over your hometown and their significance to your hometown. Pick a person from Alabama who played an important role in the history of our state, heritage or culture. What is the reason for his/her fame? What was the effect of his/her actions of the history of the county, heritage or culture? How might things be different today if not for that person? Trace your family’s journey to Alabama. Discover the origins of Mardi Gras in Alabama. Research state tourism and find out the impact that industry has on the state’s economic growth. Learn where our water comes from; how it gets to our homes; and where it ends up. Research ways we can conserve out water use. Research Alabama’s role in the space program. Discover Alabama’s literacy tradition. Who are some of the most famous writers from Alabama, and what did they write? Alabama is the only state with all major natural resources needed to make iron and steel. Find out which resources they are and where they can be found in the state.

CONNECT: Talk to someone about the history of your community or about an important local tradition. Visit the Museum of Alabama at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery. Visit a historical landmark and find out why it is significant to Alabama and/or your community. Take a walking tour of an historical district and find out its significance to the community Visit a historical site related to the civil rights movement. What was the significance of the site to the movement? Visit a fort, battlefield, or an important site to the formation of the state of Alabama. What part did it play?

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