Scouts

Overview

The Biodiversity Education Center (BEC) is a great place to put scout skills to use! Over many years, local scouts have provided services and features that contribute to the aesthetic and functionality of our nature park and trails. To continue to facilitate the growth of local scouts and organizations, the BEC provides meeting space, badge programs, and service opportunities.

Facilitated Badge Activities

Choose from the list of activities to fulfill your badge requirements. All activities are about 60 minutes in duration and can accommodate up to 20 scouts. Activities are facilitated by BEC staff or trained volunteers, and a minimum number of troop chaperones is required. If your troop would like to request a facilitated program, please complete the Scout Facilitated Program Request Form at least 30 days prior to the requested program date. BEC staff will email a confirmation and further instructions when the request is received. Program times and activities may be limited by staff/trained volunteer availability. Please note outdoor activities are only available during daylight hours.  

Activity Options & Cost

Facilitated group activities are available to local Scout troops at a discounted rate of $60 per 60-minute activity (cost of badge not included in activity fee). View descriptions of badge activities.

Daisy (K - 1st grade): trail adventure, eco learner, outdoor art maker

Brownie (2nd – 3rd grade): trail adventure, eco friend, hiker, outdoor art creator, senses, bugs

Junior (4th - 5th grade): outdoor art explorer, animal habitats, trail adventure, geocacher

Cadette (6th - 8th grade): eco trekker, outdoor art apprentice, outdoor adventure, trees, trail adventure

Senior (9th - 10th grade): outdoor art expert, eco explorer

Ambassador (11th - 12th grade): outdoor art master, water

Badge in a Box

Each badge kit contains all of the information and materials needed to complete self-guided badge requirement activities in Coppell Nature Park. To purchase a Badge kit, please complete the Badge in a Box Request form at least 2 weeks prior to your desired pick-up date. 

Available Options & Cost

Badge in a Box activities are available for purchase at $10 per box (cost of badge included). Each box contains information and materials for one scout/badge. To allow for processing and shipment of badges, boxes may be picked up during visitor hours two weeks after purchase date. View descriptions of badge activities. 

Daisy (K-1st grade): trail adventure, eco learner, outdoor art maker  

Brownie (2nd–3rdgrade): hiker, outdoor adventure, eco friend, bugs, outdoor art creator, senses  

Junior (4th-5th grade): outdoor art explorer, animal habitats, flowers, geocache 

Cadette (6th-8th grade): eco trekker, outdoor art apprentice, trees  

Senior (9th-10th grade): eco explorer (Monarch butterflies), eco explorer (Blackland Prairie), outdoor art expert  

Ambassador (11th-12th grade): outdoor art master   

Rentals

The Biodiversity Education Center building is available to rent as a meeting space for Coppell-based scout troops at a discounted rate of $20 per hour. To request a rental day and time, please complete and submit a Reservation Request form. One facilitated activity per rental is allowed for an additional cost of $25. List of available activities (hikes, games, lessons).

Amenities 

  • Large meeting room with tables and chairs (up to 25 people)
  • Kitchenette with sink, refrigerator, and microwave
  • Conference/meeting space with large table and chairs (up to 12 people)
  • Screens/projector with audio and visual hookups
  • Access to the back deck
  • Access to restrooms

Scout Projects

Interested in giving back to Coppell Nature Park (CNP)? Scouts may choose to earn individual or troop service hours or complete scout service projects!

Service Hours

Help keep the trails of CNP safe and beautiful! CNP trails are maintained by the Friends of Coppell Nature Park, a 501(c)3 organization. Monthly community service workdays and group service project opportunities are available. Find out how to get involved with the next volunteer opportunity. 

Scout Service Projects

The BEC and CNP have benefited over the years from scout contributions along the nature trails to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of our park. One of the primary purposes of scout service projects is to learn and enhance leadership skills. The Scout must be the leader and primary point of contact throughout the project. All proposed project concepts must be pre-approved by Coppell Parks and Recreation prior to planning and proceeding with the work. 

Please note that the Parks and Recreation Department has limited resources and may not be able to accommodate all project proposals. If you are interested in learning more about how to contribute to our park, visit the Community Service Projects page to complete the application proposal.