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Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA)

Festival of Trees

December 14
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Register Here

Cost: $25 per Girl Scout (troop leaders are free)
Additional adults: $9 in advance or regular Garden admission at the door
Siblings: $8 each in advance or regular Garden admission at the door
Garden membership can be used for all adults and siblings but the participating Girl Scout must be paid for.

Join us for our third annual Girl Scout Festival of Trees event at the Huntsville Botanical Garden – It’s a brand new experience every year!

Girl Scouts of all levels (Daisy-Ambassador) will enjoy creating holiday cards and tree ornaments, a nature walk, a bit of caroling, tree decorating, group photo opportunities, swaps, holiday snacks, 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 Free 2 Teach, which supports teachers in Madison County. We will take time to create thank you cards for the volunteers and teachers that work with the organization as well.

Girl Scouts will be able to earn and 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. We will have guided walks and several stations set up to satisfy all the requirements for each level. Make sure you bring a lunch or snacks to enjoy throughout the day as well.

Group caroling at 1:30 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 plenty of time to get a 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. Please remember a separate ticket needs to be purchased for the lights. It is a separate fundraiser for the Garden and is not included in the Festival of Trees event.

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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