Earn Your Badge With Us!

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Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission invites Scouts to take advantage of the free interpretive program opportunities offered by our Parks Naturalists.

Programs are free to Scouts from Washtenaw County. However, donations are always appreciated. Out of County groups pay a program fee of $45

Depending on the program, Scouts may complete all or only some of requirements needed to earn a pin/patch/badge.

General Nature Theme

Scouts can schedule field trips with a general nature theme, such as Signs of Spring, Michigan Trees, and Beginning Birdwatching; or Scout Leaders may request a program specifically tailored to pin a badge requirements. Nature Field trips can be scheduled in any of our County Parks (though some program topics are restricted to certain parks) and are available year round.


Kelsey Dehring (she, her, hers)
Parks Naturalist
Email Kelsey
Phone: 734-971-6337, ext 330

Shawn Severance (she, her, hers)
Parks Naturalist
Email Shawn
Phone: 734-971-6337, ext 335

Elle Bogle (she, her, hers)
Parks Naturalist
Email Elle

Historical Tours

Scout Groups are also welcome to schedule a historical tour of the Parker Mill Grist Mill, a working pioneer grist mill. Grist mill tours are available May to October only.

Schedule a Program

If you would like to set up a nature program please fill out a Program Request Form. One of our Naturalists will be in touch to finalize details.

Conservation Projects

Scouts can also participate in hands-on, short term conservation projects that will help Girl Scouts earn their Project Planet patch or Boy Scouts earn their World Conservation Award.

To set up a conservation program, please fill out at group interest form. You’ll be contacted by Katie Carlisle, Stewardship Coordinator, about what the next steps will be to start your groups project. 

(No Fee for conservation projects for out of county groups)

Program Times

Scout programs are done after school, or on weekends, depending on naturalist availability/Scouts’ needs.