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Girl Scout Weekend at Massachusetts State Parks 2019

Girl Scouts Weekend Mass State Parks 2019

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is excited to partner with the Girl Scout councils of Massachusetts to provide exclusive opportunities for Girl Scouts and their families on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14! Programs are specifically tailored to assist Girl Scouts with earning their Eco Friend Brownie Badge and the Eco Camper Junior Badge and other nature based badges. These programs are specially designed for Girl Scouts, but Girl Scouts are welcome to participate in any state program on July 13 and 14 at any state park statewide. To help plan your visit and for helpful links please visit here!  To register and for program descriptions please see the program listing below.  Please be aware programs do have capacity limits and are noted in the description.

Remember to wear your Girl Scout uniform, sash, or other apparel to be especially welcomed at DCR properties during the weekend! 

For more information or questions please call Hilary Treat, Manager of Statewide Initiatives at (617) 626-4966.  

We look forward to seeing you in the parks!

Up for a challenge? GSCWM girls can take the Girl Scouts Love State Parks 100 point challenge and earn a cool patch! Download the check list here!


Things to know before you go: 

  • Please be aware parking fees may apply – visit the park web page for applicable parking fees at Massachusetts State Parks  or to learn how to borrow a ParksPass from a community partner.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Be season smart and safe. Dress for the weather by wearing sturdy footgear and dressing in layers for maximum comfort.
  • Carry drinking water and snacks. 
  • Have a map and cell phone.
  • Seasonal weather such as heavy rains and storms affect parks and trails. All events, programs and activities are subject to change. Please take a moment to call ahead to confirm.
Central Mass Region

Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park
287 Oak Street, Uxbridge

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend at River Bend Farm
Woodlands and Waterways for Brownie Girl Scouts

Saturday, July 13, 10:30am-12:00pm
20 Girl Scouts, unlimited adults

Register Here 

In celebration of Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend, we will be taking a nature hike that helps fulfill part of the Eco-Friend badge. On this nature hike we will walk along the banks of the Blackstone Canal, through areas of field, and woodland. Along the way we will observe different animals and their homes and talk about how to be good guests in nature. The walk will include making a nature journal about the wildlife we observed and how we can protect it. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes; bring water, a snack and insect repellent if you choose. About 2 miles. For more information, call the park at (508) 278-7604. 


Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park
287 Oak Street, Uxbridge

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend at River Bend Farm
Woodlands and Waterways for Junior and Cadet Girl Scouts

Saturday, July 13, 1:00-2:30pm
Appropriate for Grades 4-8
20 Girl Scouts, unlimited adults

Register Here

In celebration of Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend we will be taking a nature hike that helps fulfill part of the Eco-Camper badge. On this nature hike we will walk along the banks of the Blackstone Canal, through areas of field, and woodland. We will discuss and explore the diverse natural habitats at River Bend Farm. The walk will include making a nature journal about the different animal homes and traces wildlife we observe. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes; bring water, a snack and insect repellent if you choose. About 2 miles. For more information, call the park at (508) 278-7604.​


Wachusett Mountain
345 Mountain Road, Princeton

Brownie Eco Friend at Wachusett Mountain
Saturday, July 13 10am-12pm

Appropriate for Grades 2-5
20 Girl Scouts, unlimited adults
$5 Parking Fee

Register Here

This program will satisfy several requirements for the Brownie Eco Friend badge. In this program, Brownies will: interview a park “ranger” and find out about their fascinating job; talk with a park interpreter about animal homes, and will see some actual examples on display; will participate in a fun outdoor activity finding houses in nature, turning over rocks and using magnifying glasses to investigate living things they find; will go on an easy half-mile hike on one of Wachusett Mountain’s beautiful trails, guided by the park interpreter, and will learn how to practice the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.

The program will run rain-or-shine; the outdoor portion will be cancelled if there are thunderstorms or heavy rain. Please meet at the Visitor Center. For questions, call Visitor Services Supervisor Nick at (978) 464-2987. 


Wachusett Reservoir Watershed
228 Redemption Rock Road, Sterling

Make Your Own Nature Story at Stillwater Farm
Saturday, July 13, 12:00-1:30pm

Appropriate for Grades 2-5
30 Girl Scouts, unlimited adults

Register Here

Meet at Stillwater Farm. Explore the outdoors with this creative way to make your own nature story or journal. Look, listen, touch, feel, and take in the experience on a “one-acre safari” at Stillwater Farm’s meadow waiting to be explored! Discover how much space wildlife requires and enjoy some exploration time, all within one square acre. Pack a snack for when we regroup to create a nature storybook about your experience. For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, this program will be limited to 30 participating children plus troop leaders and chaperones. Parking available at several access gates around the reservoir.  Do not park in front of gates. For more information, please call (774) 261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@mass.gov


Wachusett Reservoir Watershed
228 Redemption Rock Road, Sterling

Sterling Owl Pellets at Stillwater Farm
Saturday, July 13, 2:00-3:30pm

Appropriate for Grades 2-5
20 Girl Scouts, unlimited adults

Register Here

Learn about the most common owls of the area and hear recordings of their calls. Discover how these fascinating birds live and eat, what habitat favors the prey that owls need for food, and characteristics that make owls successful hunters. Be prepared to take a closer look and dissect an owl pellet.  Registration is required. For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, this program will be limited to 20 participating children plus troop leaders and chaperones. Parking available at several access gates around the reservoir.  Do not park in front of gates. For more information, please call (774) 261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@mass.gov

Western Mass Region

Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls

Nature Journals
Saturday, July 13 10:30 - 11:30 am

Appropriate for Grades 2-5
15 Girl Scouts and siblings, unlimited adults

Register Here

Join DCR Park Interpreters at the Great Falls Discovery Center for a chance to get started on your very own nature journal about plants and animals. We will take a journey, rain or shine, through our Connecticut River habitat dioramas indoors, and weather permitting, the Canalside Rail Trail and Discovery Center grounds, so that we can learn to capture in words and pictures what our senses discover. And, learn how we can make a difference and help the wildlife that we see and love. Meet in the Great Hall for a chance to observe the natural world closely. 


Mt. Tom State Reservation
125 Reservation Road (off of Route 5), Holyoke 

The Forest in the Park
Sunday, July 14, 10:00 – 11:30am

Appropriate for Grades 4-5
20 Girl Scouts, unlimited adults
$5 Parking Fee

Register Here

Take a short hike around Bray Lake, looking for evidence of the critters that call the park their home. See what the park staff does to help both visitors and wildlife. Approximately ¾ mile total on rolling terrain, with roots and rocks, sometimes muddy! Pleases dress for the weather, bring drinking water, have insect repellent if you are bugged by bugs. If it’s raining lightly, this will be a rainy-day hike.  Heavy rain cancels. 

Please contact Regional Educator, Gini.Traub@mass.gov, or (617) 699-2387 (cell) for additional program details.  


Mt. Tom State Reservation
125 Reservation Road (off of Route 5), Holyoke

To Build a Fire
Sunday, July 14, 12:00– 1:00pm

Appropriate for Grades 4-5
20 Girl Scouts, unlimited adults
$5 Parking Fee

Register Here

What does it take to build a fire? What does it take to put one out? Find out in this hands-on demonstration. Observe fire behavior, and practice being fire-wise and safe. Bring marshmallows for roasting. Please dress for the weather, bring sunscreen, and have insect repellent if you are bugged by bugs. Light rain will make it more fun!  Heavy rain cancels.  Please contact Regional Educator, Gini.Traub@mass.gov, or (617) 699-2387 (cell) for additional program details.  


Mount Greylock
30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough

Girl Scout Friendly Trail Hike
Saturday, July 13, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Appropriate for all ages
20 Total Participants including Girl Scouts and adults
$5 Parking Fee

Register Here

Explore the beauty of Mount Greylock on this easy paced hike led by a Park Interpreter along the 1.8 mile (round-trip) Bradley Farm Interpretive Trail. Suitable for families with children able to walk up to two miles on an easy to moderate trail. Be prepared for weather, wear sturdy shoes; bring a snack, bug spray, sunscreen and drinking water. Meet at Visitor Center. Rain cancels. For more information: Call (413) 499-4262.


Mohawk Trail State Forest
1 Cold River Road, Charlemont

Respecting Fire
Sunday, July 14, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

For Grades K-3
20 Total Participants including Girl scouts and adults
$5 Parking Fee

Register Here

Campfires are a lot of fun, but they can be dangerous too.  That’s why you should learn how to make one and safely put it out.  Come find the interpreter at the Nature Center Pavilion as she teaches you how to stay fire safe around a campfire.  Bring your own Marshmallows or Hotdogs to cook while the fire is going!  Parking fee is $5. For more information, please call 413-339-5504.