In addition to workshops, Scouts are welcome to schedule a general tour of the Museum. We offer a guided tour (appx 1½ hours in length) and self-guided that delves into this region's rich history and ends with a scavenger hunt. All tours cost $3/scout and $4/adult and need to be scheduled at least two weeks in advance with the tour coordinator.
Boats and Floats: Boats were are an important part of Southeast Texas history. It has played a role in trading and helping to make what Southeast Texas is today. Come learn about different types of boats used here in Southeast Texas and learn to build your own boat.
Stories in Shapes: Stories can be told through shapes and using art. What story will you tell? Come to the Museum and see how nationally known artist Robert Rauschenberg used lines, shapes and colors to tell a story.
Tiger Backyard Jungle Adventure: There is a jungle right in your own backyard. Learn how to use your five senses to explore the world right where you live. We will even build a birdhouse for your feathered friends.
Tiger Bites Adventures: What nature can provide us? Growing nutritious food is easy if you know how! Come learn about nutritious foods you can grow at home and have a tasting party!
Tigers in the Wild: Ragin Reptiles- Alligators, lizards, and turtles, Oh My! Reptiles are amazing creatures and they fill a special niche in the animal kingdom. Learn about Texas reptiles and what makes them so unique and even have the opportunity to pet a live turtle!
Can you Dig It?: Ever wonder what it’s like to be an archaeologist or paleontologist? What do giant sloths and armadillos, tropical rainforests, and lush grasslands have in common? They are all part of southeast Texas natural history! Go deep into the wonders of Southeast Texas through fun crafts and hands-on activities. Investigate what fossils, shipwrecks, and relics of past civilizations can teach us about the past and the future. Come and discover what makes Southeast Texas so unique!
Beat of the Drum: This badge is designed to help scouts learn about the early Indians of Southeast Texas their life (pottery, tools, etc.), culture, and the effect that European exploration had on their everyday life. They will learn how archaeologists use middens to understand the daily life of the Atakapa and Karankawa Indians.
Art Explosion: Unleash the artist within us all with a lesson on the world-renowned artist and Port Arthur native Robert Rauschenberg. Youth will become proteges of Rauschenberg as they explore the museum's permanent gallery of his work, study his techniques and seek artistic inspiration. Youth will also try their hand at some of Rauschenberg's most innovative techniques including collage and found art.
Into the Wild: Webelos will delve into the natural history exhibit at the Museum and learn about native plants and animals and the ecosystems that they live in. Youth will complete the workshop by setting up and learning to take care of their own hermit crab terrarium. Workshop fee includes LIVE hermit crab and/or terrarium. Workshop fee is $80/group of 25 (additional $40 if both hermit crab and terrarium are chosen). Please reserve your workshop two weeks in advance in order for materials to be available.
Archaeology Merit Badge: Discover the world beneath our feet with this lesson in archaeology. After S scouts tour the museum's natural history and Native American exhibits, they will become archaeologists as they conduct their own dig, preserve and identify the artifacts they find, and interpret their findings to one another. Youth will also engage in other hands-on activities such as making their own fossils and rocks.
Art Merit Badge: Unleash the artist within us all with a lesson on world-renowned artist and Port Arthur native Robert Rauschenberg. Youth will become proteges of Rauschenberg as they explore the museum's permanent gallery of his work, study his techniques and seek artistic inspiration. Youth will also try their hand at some of Rauschenberg's most innovative techniques including collage and found art
Indian Lore Merit Badge: Scouts will step back in the past and learn about the native Attakapan and Karankawan Indians that called Southeast Texas home. Youth will tour the Museum's Native American exhibit and then complete the workshop with hands-on activities that include handling Native American artifacts, learning how they hunted and played, and much more.
Terms & Conditions for Workshops
TOUR SIZE: Min 10, Max 25
COST: $45/group/badge requirement (unless otherwise stated)
All workshops must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and are subject to Education Coordinator availability. A deposit of $10 is due 10 business days before the date of the program and is non-refundable. The remaining fee will be due on the day of the visit. The museum accepts cash, check, or credit.
The workshop usually lasts between 2- 2.5 hours depending on the merit badge an/or how many badge requirements are being fulfilled at a time. Groups may choose more than one badge requirement, however, each requirement cost $35 (unless stated otherwise). Workshops do not include a tour of the entire museum. If your group has additional time, you are welcome to tour the rest of the museum at no additional charge.
Please call the museum main line at 409-982-7000 or email for more information.