Many businesses and organizations in our area open their doors to Girl Scout groups. They offer all sorts of opportunities including tours, demonstrations, instruction and hands-on participation. Troops and groups are encouraged to contact the following partners to set up a program that fits their schedule.
Is your business or organization interested in delivering in-person or virtual programs to our Girl Scouts? We'd love to hear from you! Contact GSNYPENN Partnership Outreach Manager Reenie Dailey at email@example.com.
See our Horseback Riding page for a list of approved riding stables.
Baltimore Woods Nature Center
4007 Bishop Hill Road
Marcellus, NY 13108
Becky Wilson, Education Manager
Baltimore Woods offers exploratory programs for all ages. Through investigation and discovery, Girl Scouts will learn about the natural world around them. Programs can be specifically designed to meet the needs of the troop. Please contact Becky to set up your adventure!
Beaver Lake Nature Center
8477 East Mud Lake Road
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
Located in Baldwinsville, New York, just 15 minutes northwest of Syracuse, Beaver Lake Nature Center offers 9 miles of trails and over 400 annual programs. A rich mix of habitats creates the possibility of seeing more than 200 species of birds and over 800 varieties of plants. Staff Naturalists provide programming for troops of all ages. Badge programs as well as all of the aspects of the It’s Your Planet Journey series are available. To schedule a program, please email Meg or call her.
2878 Main St.
Cabot, VT 05647
Although Cabot Cheese headquarters is in Vermont, they’re connected with 800 co-op farms across the East Coast. They’ve partnered with GSNYPENN to create their own fun patch with a program attached that encourages visits from Girl Scouts to tour one or more of these farms!
"We love how everything is connected. We take care of the land and so the grass grows green and tall, which makes the cows happy—and happy cows produce rich, buttery milk, which makes for cheese and other products that win awards year after year. The more people love Cabot family products, the more our dairy farmers will thrive, today and into the future. Cabot's co-op farms all want the same thing: to provide for our families, give back to our communities and produce the best cheese in the world!" – Cabot Cheese
8419 State Route 54
Hammondsport, NY 14840
The Glen H. Curtiss Museum was dedicated to the memory of pioneer aviator, Glenn Curtiss. The museum contains a priceless collection relating to early aviation and regional history. In addition to seeing the displays and exhibits, visitors are welcome to visit the restoration shop and talk with volunteer craftsmen and women as they watch them work on historical aircraft.
Food Bank of the Southern Tier offers “Hunger 101," appropriate for ages 12 and above. Hunger 101 is a one-time, role-playing activity and discussion that increases awareness and understanding of hunger and poverty and the many causes in the community. The hour-long program allows individuals to take on the identity and circumstances of a real person faced with food insecurity in this region. Participants must then try to make ends meet while also securing food for their families. It is a great compliment to volunteering or a food drive. In addition, they also offer the Hunger Web, appropriate for ages 8 to 12. This activity asks participants to brainstorm causes of poverty and then they work together to “link” the causes and form a web. They can also give a presentation about food banking in general, a volunteer activity, and a tour of the warehouse. All of these activities are appropriate for ages 8 and above. They also offer the “Take a Bite out of Hunger” patch curriculum.
2000 NYS Rt. 392
Cortland, NY 13045
Adventure Center: 1858 NYS Rt. 392
Hope Lake Lodge & Waterpark: 2177 Clute Rd.
Greek Peak is committed to consistently providing enjoyable recreation, a safe environment, and memorable vacation experiences for every guest and every member of staff.
H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego
Lighthouse Boat Tours for Registered Girl Scouts Ages 5-18 (D/B/J/C/S/A)
Fridays & Saturdays, tours start on the hour 12:30-4:30 p.m.
1 West 1st Street
Oswego, NY 13126
Register early, payment in full required at time of registration
Have you ever wanted to see what the inside of a lighthouse looks like? Ride on a pontoon boat to the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse and investigate how this lighthouse has operated to keep the ships entering and exiting the Oswego Harbor for nearly 100 years. Tour the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse in Oswego. Take in an audio tour of National Historic Landmark the LT-5 that was a part of the D-Day invasion. Check out a real resurfaced vessel when you visit the Derrick Barge that worked on the Erie Canal and travel back in history inside the H Lee White Maritime Museum to see how Central New York got its start. Watch the Port of Oswego in operation while you visit. The Port of Oswego is the oldest operating freshwater port in America.
Be one of the first 40 Girl Scouts to call and register for the tour with your caregiver and receive a special commemorative Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse patch ($8 value). After the first 40 Girl Scout registrants, girls will receive a special H. Lee White Maritime Museum patch ($4 value).
When calling to register, girls will need to give their name and troop number. While attending the tour, Girl Scout girls will wear their vest, sash or pin tab to show their membership.
Due to COVID restrictions:
Girls will tour with a caregiver (not as a troop)
Masks must be worn for entire tour
Maximum 6 visitors per tour boat
The Herkimer Home is the 1764 farmstead of Nicholas Herkimer, a leader within the Palatine German community and Brigadier General of the Tryon County Militia. They offer guided tours of the historic home as well as an assortment of colonial period and environmental programs. Education programs can be done on-site or as outreach. They also have opportunities for volunteering and community service projects.
Due to COVID restrictions, tours of the first floor and homes landscapes are currently open. Tours are allowed for groups of 10 or less. Masks and social distancing required.
Programs and events are open to ages 10 & up. Girl Scouts are divided into groups. While one listens to a 15 minute talk about the shelter, the other completes a craft and takes a tour of the adoption center while another completes a scavenger hunt through the Petco Store with their Girl Scout adult volunteer.. Donations of cat litter are encouraged.
Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) is stress management for children. KAY provides a curriculum that is specifically designed to help children be active, learn to relax, improve focus, and have FUN in a non-competitive environment. Through the use of cardiovascular conditioning, original songs, games, storytelling, and relaxation techniques. KAY reaches children through the way they learn best—play!
Yoga helps with concentration and teaches a healthy respect for ourselves, others, and nature. It also provides the needed tools to deal with the stress of daily life. Megan is a certified KAY teacher. Classes can be customized to meet a troop’s needs regarding theme, length, age group and location. As an added bonus, KAY offers a beautiful fun patch!
Kopernik Observatory & Science Center
698 Underwood Rd.
Vestal, NY 13850
The observatory is open mainly on Friday evenings. However, you may call ahead to schedule FREE tours of the facilities on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Kopernik partners with GSNYPENN to provide a fun and educational Astronomy Club.
Lime Hollow Nature Center
338 McLean Road
Cortland, NY 13045
Lime Hollow is a non-profit organization that provides free trail usage to the public year-round. Located on the border of Cortland and Tompkins counties, with a variety of interesting natural features to see, this nature center has a lot to offer your troop. In addition to its ability to host recreational programs such as camping and snowshoeing, Lime Hollow is also able to provide programs for troops (Daisies – Seniors) to help them earn their It’s Your Planet – Love It! Journey through hands-on, engaging, outdoor learning.
Is your troop looking for a fun way to earn a new patch? At Mattiacio Orthodontics they put smiles on faces! Join them for an engaging experience where girls will learn how to practice good dental health. Their upbeat team will teach you the best ways to care for your teeth, as well as the right foods and drinks to consume in order to keep them healthy. They love FUN and have many interactive activities planned for Daisies or Brownies.
The Montezuma Audubon Center, located in the Town of Savannah in eastern Wayne County, is the perfect place for Girl Scouts groups to connect with nature with activities all year long. We offer customized badge programs, snowshoe adventures, canoeing, birding van tours, day and evening hikes, as well as camp-in and camp-out opportunities.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Dave Corr, Region 6 Conservation Fund Advisory Board
Contact Dave if your troop interested in:
Hands on archery course
Hunter safety class to earn a NYS Certificate to obtain a bow license
Fly tying, fly fishing or fishing-related activities
Entomology (studying insects)
Civic activities with Trout Unlimited, like stream projects & clean-ups
Assisting with fish stocking
Fish hatchery tours
Pillowcase Presentation: Designed for students in grades 2–6, the Pillowcase Project Presentation teaches about the work of the Red Cross, how families can prevent, prepare for and escape a home fire, and how to stay safe during a natural hazard like flooding. It also teaches skills to help students cope with emergencies and stressful situations and other tips and skills to prepare for emergencies. Students receive a preparedness workbook along with a pillowcase for their own personalized emergency supplies kit! The presentation can be scheduled for any time and location.
Citizen’s Preparedness Corps: Designed for high school-age youth and older, this presentation talks about preparing for all types emergencies and disasters, including fires, how to respond during them, and how to recover after them. Learn about all the skills, tools and supplies needed for preparing for emergencies. Staff can also teach hands-only CPR with this presentation, giving everyone the chance to practice life-saving CPR compressions on a mannequin. The presentation can be scheduled for any time and location.
Redhouse Arts Center
400 S. Salina St
Syracuse, NY 13202
Marguerite Mitchell, Director of Education, Marguerite@theredhouse.org
Chelsea Lembo, In House Education and Outreach Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Redhouse Arts Center is a professional, not-for-profit theater serving the community by providing leading and inclusive experiences through its theater and educational programs. By participating in RedEd programming, students work with professional actors, musicians, designers, teaching artists, choreographers, and visiting artists to develop skills to succeed both on and off stage. Girl Scouts of all levels can earn badges by attending RedEd programming!
Rice Creek Field Station, a unit of SUNY Oswego, is located one mile south of the main campus and Lake Ontario. It is a year-round facility serving the college and community for the advancement of science knowledge through ecological research, education, and stewardship of the natural world. Rice Creek Field Station offers a number of education programs. Troops can explore the trails, relax on a bench at a scenic overlook and enjoy the natural history displays and featured artwork inside the building. Special free programs for troops can be scheduled on Saturdays for a guided trail walk or to ask questions of the naturalist. Contact at least two weeks in advance to schedule a special program for your troop.
SECNY Federal Credit Union offers financial literacy programming to girls of all ages. They believe strongly that financial education starting at an early age can only strengthen girls’ futures, giving them the foundation that they need to be successful for a lifetime. SECNY FCU offers programs in Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison, and Oswego counties. The following is a sampling of program offerings:
For Daisies and Brownies:
Based on the simple concepts of Share, Save, & Spending Smart, this program focuses on teaching children good money habits so they won’t have to break bad habits later in life. They also offer a seminar for parents that addresses the importance of giving a child an allowance that teaches them how to be financially responsible. They recently partnered with the American Banking Association and can offer their programming, which is not only educational but fun, engaging the children with a hands on approach to learning.
For older girls:
Budgeting in High School
This program examines the ways teens spend money on items that won’t last such as food and entertainment. Students will set a budget when getting a paycheck or other lump sum of money, prioritize spending needs from spending wants, recognize wasteful spending habits, and predict the amount of money potentially saved during a set period by altering spending habits.
Budgeting in the Real World
Students learn how to track their spending when they have to pay for living costs, bills, and other necessary expenses. This lesson is designed to prepare young adults for real world income and expenses when living on their own and earning a paycheck. It also teaches students how to create and stick to a workable budget.
Paying for College
This program introduces students to elements they should consider when choosing how to finance their college education.
Protecting Your Financial Identity
Students will learn about identity theft and ways to protect their personal and financial information against fraud.
Knowing your Credit Score
This program introduces students to the importance of knowing their credit scores, understanding what a credit score and credit report are, and how important a credit score is to achieving financial success and stability.
Seward House Museum
33 South Street
Auburn, NY 13021
Dr. Jeffrey Ludwig, Director of Education, email@example.com
Zachary Finn, Education and Outreach Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Seward House Museum, built in 1816, explores 19th century history through the lens of the Seward family, including Secretary of State William Henry Seward and his wife, Frances, who was an abolitionist who fought for equality for all. Themes of abolition, women's rights, the Civil War, and local history are all included in the guided tour, which takes visitors through the Seward's home to see the original contained within. Along with learning about 19th century history, the Seward House Museum has developed three specialty tours aimed at providing Girl Scouts the unique experience while they explore the history. Given by professionals and volunteers, these tours are inquiry based and focus on the Seward family women. Upon completing the tour, Girl Scouts receive a custom patch highlighting their experience.
Individuals are welcome Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Masks and social distancing required. Groups up to 10 welcome, but they must contact the museum first to schedule.
Sterling Nature Center
15730 Jensvold Rd
Sterling, NY 13156
The Sterling Nature Center is part of the Cayuga County Park & Trails Department and is open to the public free of charge year-round from sunrise to sunset. Located in northern Cayuga County on the shore of Lake Ontario, it provides opportunities to experience and learn about nature through a variety of hands-on activities and programs. There are over ten miles of hiking trails and 2-miles of Lake Ontario shoreline to explore with your troop. In addition to its ability to host programs such as guided nature hikes, pond exploration and snowshoeing, the Sterling Nature Center is also able to provide programs for troops to help them earn their It’s Your Planet – Love It! Journey through hands-on, engaging, outdoor learning adventures.
Technology & Innovation Center (TechWorks!)
321 Water St.
Binghamton, NY 13901
The mission of the Innovation & Technology Center is to document and present in context in context invention and industrial innovations of New York's Southern Tier. TechWorks is full of technical, aviation and musical history, with hands on opportunities for all ages.
9090 Destiny USA Dr.
Syracuse, NY 13290
WonderWorks is an amusement park for the mind. The 40,000 square feet of "edutainment.” The attraction combines education and entertainment with more than 100 hands on exhibits that challenge the mind & spark the imagination!
Due to COVID restrictions, all exhibits are closed. Ropes Course and Laser Tag are open. Masks and social distancing required.
Ginger Price is an educator at Vera House. As part of their education/prevention programs, she offers presentations that include helping youth to identify and build healthy relationships; helping teens identify abusive behaviors in the context of a dating relationship, a family relationship, and a friendship; and increasing the capability of youth to protect themselves from abusive individuals.