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Field Trips

You can go on a Girl Scout adventure that works for your troop’s schedule!

We’ve made it easy by setting up field trip opportunities with organizations across the council. Simply have your troop leader reach out using the information below, and set up a great trip with your Girl Scout sisters!

Group sizes vary. Contact organization listed for details.

High Adventure Activity Sites

Sites listed below do not require a Horseback Riding Activity Application - they have been approved by Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa.

Chasing Laurels - Horseback Riding (Altoona)

Hey Girl Scouts! Ready to saddle up for a new adventure? Join Chase Corley, who has close to 30 years of experience, at Chasing Laurels to earn your Horseback Riding Badge. You will gain the skills you need to feel confident and comfortable around horses and even take a ride!

When you schedule a time with Chasing Laurels, they will work with the groups to provide drinks and a snack. As a BONUS: Chasing Laurels will provide each Girl Scout with a FREE riding lesson, to be used on a future date.

Everyone attending must print and sign a waiver.

Clinics will take between 2-2.5 hours (instruction and ride time). Clinics will be held rain or shine. Girl Scout groups are welcome to bring lunch to enjoy at the stables, or arrange with Chasing Laurels to have snacks and drinks available.

Cost: $35 per Girl Scout (Junior Horseback Riding badge included)

To schedule your horseback riding adventure, contact Chase Corley at chasinglaurels@gmail.com or at 515-447-6866.

*Volunteers: It is still recommended that you submit a Plan 2 Insurance form for this approved horseback riding activity.  Chaperones are required for this session.* 

Chasing Laurels is a CHA certified stable and approved by Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. Certifications can be viewed here.

 
Field Trips
Arbor Day Farms - Nebraska City

Arbor Day Farm offers coordinated programs and activities for Girl Scouts at all levels - from tree adventure and Arbor Lodge Mansion tours, to badge work tours including the Brownie Bugs badge, Junior Flowers badge, and Cadette Trees badge.

Available Year-Round: Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

2611 Arbor Drive, Nebraska City, NE

Cost: Ranging from $6 to $14 per person (depending on activity)

Visit Arbor Day Farms' website to view options and request a tour.

Contact Sonnie at 402-873-8757 or snelson@arbordayfarm.org if you have any questions!

The Do Space - Omaha

Learn all about the technology and resources at the Do Space, from coding to 3D printing and everything in between! You'll take a 30-minute tour, followed by a 40-minute hands on tech activity. 

Mondays at 10:00a.m.

7205 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114  402-819-4022

Cost: FREE

Visit the Do Space Field Trip webpage!

Frozen Yogurt 101 at Menchie's - Altoona

Join the Menchie's team in understanding how Frozen Yogurt is made, take a tour of the shop and learn about food preparation and cleanliness, product management, allergan management, and prep work.

Learn about the Menchie's story and store all while enjoying a yummy treat. Each Girl Scout will receive a free 5oz frozen yogurt coupon.

3418 8th St. SW Suite 1, Altoona, IA 50009

Cost: $6/person

Contact MEN298@menchiesfrozenyogurt.com or (515) 967-0403

Joslyn Art Museum (For Brownies) - Omaha

Earn either your Brownie Painting or your Brownie Pottery Badge in a workshop that includes gallery exploration and lots of hands-on fun in the art studio. Painting could be earned in 1 session, pottery would need to be done in 2 sessions. Chaperones must be with the girls at all times.

Sundays: 1:30pm-3:30pm for painting; 1:00pm-3:00 pm for Pottery (2 separate sessions must be scheduled)

2200 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68102

Cost: $10 for painting; $17 for pottery (per girl); $0/Adult

Min/Max: 12/24

Contact Tom: tsimons@joslyn.org or 402-661-3860

Learn more on the Joslyn Art Museum website.

Joslyn Art Museum (For Juniors) - Omaha

Earn either the Junior Jeweler Badge or Junior Drawing badge in a workshop that includes gallery exploration and lots of hands-on fun in the art studio. Chaperones are required. 

Sundays: 1:00pm-4:00pm

2200 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68102

Cost: $12/Girl; $0/Adult

Min/Max: 12/24

Contact Tom: tsimons@joslyn.org or 402-661-3860

Learn more on the Joslyn Art Museum website.

Money Smart with North Iowa Community Credit Union

Are you looking for an organization to help you with your financial literacy badge needs?

Visit North Iowa Community Credit Union, where the experts will tailor a talk to fit your group's grade level.

To schedule a time to work with North Iowa Community Credit Union for financial literacy badges contact:

Michelle Jurgens, Director of Marketing - 641-424-2281 mjurgens@niccu.com

640 South Federal Avenue, Mason City, IA 50402

 

Money Smart with United Bank of Iowa - Fort Dodge

Are you looking for an organization to help you with your financial literacy badge needs?

Visit United Bank of Iowa-Fort Dodge. Learn the story of the Tortoise and the Hare and how that relates to being Money Smart.

To schedule a time to work with United Bank of Iowa for financial literacy badges contact:

Michael D. Biedenfeld - 515-576-5111 or mbiedenfeld@unitedbk.com

1608 1st Ave. South, Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Nebraska Humane Society - Omaha

Are you looking to earn your pet and animal-related badges? Get in touch with Nebraska Humane Society today to schedule a workshop time. It’s a 90 minute educational workshop about responsible pet ownership, dog/cat bite safety, and pet overpopulation. Each group will also get a special behind-the-scenes tour of NHS.

Weekdays and Weekends - By Appointment

8929 Fort Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68134 

Cost: $10/Girl; $0/Adult

Contact Tracey: 402-444-7800 Ext. 2396

Pioneer Ridge Nature Center - Wapello County

The Pioneer Ridge Nature Center covers all of your fishing, hiking and biking needs. With expert naturalists for guidance, three stocked fishing ponds, and 15 miles of trails, you are guaranteed to have a fun-filled agenda!

Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m., Year-Round

1339 US-63, Bloomfield, IA 52537

Cost: FREE

Contact: 641-682-3091 or wapelloccb@netins.net

Sanford Museum & Planetarium - Cherokee

There's so much to explore at the Sanford Museum and Planetarium! From archeology and art, to astonomy and geology, there's something exciting to discover for every interest!  Plan your adventure today. 

Museum hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday - Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Planetarium shows occur every Wednesday and Sunday of each month at 4:00 p.m. or by appointment to groups of 10 or more, Monday through Friday.

117 E Willow St, Cherokee, Iowa 51012

Cost: FREE

Contact Linda Burkhart: sanfordmuseum@iowatelecom.net or 712-225-3922

Sioux City Public Museum

Schedule a visit to the Sioux City museum for a hands-on exploration of local history. Watch their exciting 15 minute film in the Corn Palace theatre, explore the main gallery (including a scavenger hunt), and search for dinosaur and marine fossils in the 'big dig.' Call ahead and schedule your group tour today!

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Sunday: 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.

607 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51104

Cost: FREE

Contact Connie Macfarlane: 712-279-6174 or cmacfarlane@sioux-city.org

Whatta Dish - Des Moines

Want to stretch your creative muscles? Whatta Dish has tons of bisque pottery options ready for you to design and paint: ornaments, keepsake boxes, all types of cups, bowls, plates, and even pet dishes.  Whatta Dish takes care of glazing and firing them, and finished pieces are dishwasher safe. Parties of all kinds welcome; bring food and any type of beverage. 

Tuesday - Friday: 1:00 to 8:00p.m., Saturday: 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., Sunday: 1:00-5:00p.m.

509 Elm Street West Des Moines, IA 50265

Cost: Varies by designed project

Contact June Mackay: mackayjune@​aol.com