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Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA)

gsalabamaFestival of Trees

December 15
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Anderson Education Classroom
Cost: $20 per Girl Scout
Troop leaders are free
Additional adults paid in advance are $9.00 each or regular admission at the door

The girls will enjoy creating holiday cards, wrapping paper, and tree ornaments; a nature walk; a music activity and a bit of caroling; tree decorating; a group photo; Swap; holiday baking; a community service project; and a drive through the Galaxy of Lights (optional)!

This year our community service project will be to collect supplies for CASA of Madison County. We will take time to put together baskets with the materials that you bring. We will need washcloths, hand soap, Clorox wipes and Kleenex that will go into a small basket. We also want to collect laundry detergent, dishtowels, dish soap, and paper towels to go in a basket. You can provide any of these supplies and a basket to put them in. We want to make as many baskets as possible, so coordinate with your troop to get a variety of supplies and baskets! CASA will be on site to help with assembling the baskets.

Girl Scouts will receive the present, star and Festival of Trees patches included in the activity price. Optional tickets for the Galaxy of Lights Driving Night can be purchased separately.

Check-in at 10:00 a.m. for all participants. Sign-up for a classroom time below, and plan on seeing the Garden with a guided walk, snacks, and free time before or after your selected classroom time: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. Make sure you bring a lunch to enjoy throughout the day as well.

Each scheduled time slot in the classroom has a limited number of 60 tickets. Please contact the education department if you are unable to get your entire group into the same program time.

Group caroling at 4:00 p.m. in the Propst Guest Center.

Cars begin lining up for the Galaxy of Lights, on the USSRC road, around 5:00 p.m. which gives you time to get a quick bite to eat after Festival of Trees ends, before driving through the Galaxy of Lights. Please drive out of the Garden and west on Bob Wallace Avenue to Tranquility Drive to enter the GOL!

Program Registration:
10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.

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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