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Girl Scouts Love State Parks

Girl Scouts Love State Parks

Welcome to Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend! Before you head off on your adventures, please be sure to check our COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks celebrates a deep partnership between Girl Scouts and state parks in all 50 states. In 2019, Girl Scouts and their families across the country celebrated the event for the first time in nearly 400 state parks. This year, on September 11–12, 2021, Girl Scouts and families are invited to explore their natural resources, engage with state park rangers, and celebrate their love of the outdoors. We encourage Girl Scouts to get outdoors and experience their state parks this year, either by attending an outdoor program or exploring parks on their own. 

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Get geared up for Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend by getting outdoors now! From now through September 12, Girl Scouts who track their outdoor activities to complete the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge Worksheet will also earn a special Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors patch. Discover everything you need to know to complete this challenge!

In-person Programming

Looking for ways to get outdoors and explore your local parks? Check out the in-person events below! Don’t forget to register, as space is limited.

Local In-person Events

Revere Beach Reservation (Revere Beach Boulevard, Revere)
Birds of the Seas and Sands
Mindfulness in Nature

Middlesex Fells Reservation (4 Woodland Rd, Stoneham)
Growing Wild for Pollinators

Borderland State Park (259 Massapoag Ave, North Easton)
Kids Mansion Tour: Stewardship of a Historic Mansion

Roxbury Heritage State Park (183 Roxbury St, Boston)
This Place Matters: Preserving Local History

Harold Parker State Forest (305 Middleton Rd, North Andover)
Outdoor Ethics & Stewardship

Myles Standish State Forest (194 Cranberry Rd, Carver)
Busy Bees: Pollinators Help Fuel the Forest


Do you like scavenger hunts and earning points? Check out our GSEMA Loves State Parks GooseChase! This fun challenge can be done on your own, or with family, friends, or troop. When you register for this free event, you'll receive a special game code to use on the GooseChase app, available for free download through the Apple or Android app store.


Badge Programming

Get ready to earn a badge in the great outdoors! Watch local park rangers complete each step in the videos below, then head outside to take those steps on your own. You can go to a local park, your own backyard, or one of our amazing state parks!

Daisy: Outdoor Art Maker

Steps:

Activity

Park Featured

Video Link

1. See the colors of nature 

Make a colorful painting outdoors

Great Brook Farms

Watch

2. Hear the sounds of nature 

Search for sounds in nature

Great Falls Discovery Center

(same as above)

3. Share your outdoor art

Make a Leave No Trace picture

Purgatory Chasm

(same as above)

Brownie: Outdoor Art Creator

Steps:

Activity

Park Featured

Video Link

1. Find art ideas outdoors 

Go on a nature detective walk

Massasoit State Park

Watch

 

2. Make something!

Rub or press something from nature

Maudslay State Park

(same as above)

3. Dance or make music outdoors 

Play a nature dance game

Myles Standish State Forest

(same as above)

4. Be a nature photographer 

Take pictures from a miniature world

Roxbury Heritage State Park

(same as above)

5. Design with nature

Create a mini garden

Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park

Watch

Junior: Outdoor Art Explorer

Steps:

Activity:

Park Featured:

Video Link:

1. Explore outdoor art

Create art inspired by wildlife

Myles Standish State Forest

Watch

2. Make something!

 

Make an impression

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine and Research Reserve (WBNERR)

(same as above)

3. Find music in nature

 

Create “nature’s symphony"

Great Brook Farm State Park

Great Falls Discovery Center

Quabbin Reservoir

(same as above)

4. Be a nature photographer

Play with light; go big and small

Roxbury Heritage State Park

(same as above)

5. Design with nature

Design a bird, bat, or owl house

Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park

(same as above)

Cadette: Outdoor Art Apprentice

Steps:

Activity:

Park Featured:

Video Link:

1.  Explore art outdoors

 

Dig into nature

Borderland State Park OR Halibut Point State Park

Watch

2. Make something! 

 

Make nature art out of clay

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine and Research Reserve (WBNERR)

(same as above)

3.  Get to know—and create—sounds of    nature

 

Get to know—and create—sounds of nature.

Natural Bridge State Park

(same as above)

4.  Be a nature    photographer

 

Create an outdoor photo journal

Mount Greylock State Reservation

(same as above)

5.  Design with nature

 

Be a nature architect, or design and grow a square foot garden

Walden Pond State Reservation

(same as above)



Virtual Programming

Prefer to explore state parks from home? Just print out your passport and start exploring online! We also invite you to take a virtual tour (below) of Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge, MA, and to learn more about all the amazing state parks in Massachusetts.


We’d love to see all the fun activites you’re taking part in! Remember to tag us at @GirlScoutsEMass and #GSoutdoors on social media.