Girl Scout Programs

Happy Hollow can help Girl Scouts of all ages earn badges from the new Girl Scout Journeys. Our programs are available in your classroom, at a community center, or other non-residential facility. You can even join us at the zoo during a field trip or stay overnight for a sleepover! For more information, please download our flier.


Badge Programs

The Girl Scout Program at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is designed
to allow the girls to get the most out of their journey, learn through
hands-on discussions, and experience live animal encounters while
earning badges. Most of the new badges have two curriculum
options, which may be taken individually or paired together.

Option A is available at Happy Hollow or at your location. These
programs are designed to incorporate hands-on activities and meet
live education animals. These programs are 1 hour and 15 minutes
and have a flat fee of $140 for up to 35 participants.

Option B is available only at Happy Hollow. These programs are
designed to incorporate learning though zoo exhibits and behind
the scenes tours as well learning through hands-on activities and
animal encounters. These programs are 2 hours long and have a
flat fee of $140 for up to 35 participants.

Discounts available for programs booked in September,
November, December and January.



Sleepovers are available for at least one badge for every level of
Girl Scouts. Sleepovers are offered on Friday or Saturday nights from
6:30pm-10:00am. The fee is $65 per person with a minimum of 15
participants and a maximum of 30. A $260 deposit is required to
hold a reservation. One adult must accompany every eight girls.


Daisy Journeys

Three Cheers for Animals!
Visit Happy Hollow along your 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals! journey to discover the wonderful world of animals, learn to make good choices, explore animal body language, and meet live animals.

Option A: Supports activities from Sessions 2 and 3
Option B: Focuses on Session 5 with a craft from Session 10
Sleepover: Activities from Sessions 2 and 5


Brownie Badges

Deciding to have a pet is a big commitment. Seek out advice from the experts about taking care of pets, explore veterinary medicine, and learn how to understand what your pet is saying to you!

Option A: Steps 1, 3, and 5
Option B: Steps 2 and 4
Sleepover: Steps 1, 3, and 4
Journey Connection: A World of Girls

Even if you don’t realize it, you use your senses every day to explore the world!Discover how animals use their senses to find food, avoid predators, and survive the wild.

Option A: Steps 4 and 5
Option B: Steps 1, 2, and 3
Sleepover: Steps 1-4 and supports Step 5
Journey Connection: WOW! Wonders of Water


Junior Badges

Animal Habitats
Investigate habitats from around the world, including African savannahs, endangered rainforests, and even the one you can find in your very own backyard!

Option A: Steps 1 and 4
Option B: Steps 2 and 3
Sleepover: Steps 1, 3, and 4
Journey Connection: aMUSE!

Learning what detectives do is a lot of fun, but becoming an animal detective is even better! Learn how animals communicate in code, practice your powers of observation, and detect difference in fingerprints - and paw prints!

Option A: Steps 2 and 3
Option B: Steps 1 and 4
Sleepover: Steps 1, 2, 3, and 4
Journey Connection: Get Moving!

Happy Hollow isn't just home to the animals... It's also home to thousands of plants! Join us at the park to learn more about our unique gardens from green roofs to backyard habitats. You'll even learn about the foliage in the zoo exhibits!

Option B: Steps 1, 2, 3, and 4
Journey Connection: Get Moving!


Cadette Badges

Animal Helpers
How long have people lived alongside animals? How do we help them, and how do they help us? Visit with Happy Hollow to learn why zoos and other animal organizations exist today and the important jobs zoo animals do for their wild relatives. You'll even get a chance to learn how to handle one of our most important animal ambassadors!

Option A: Steps 1 (half) and 3
Journey Connection: MEdia

Night Owl
Discover the world around you in a whole new way! Meet live animals while learning about their special nocturnal senses, rely on your own senses to explore the zoo in the dark, and even interview the nighttime zoo crew! In the morning, meet the animals that take over the day shift and compare their features to those who roam at night.

Sleepover: Steps 1-5 (some activities recommended before program)
Journey Connection: MEdia


Senior Badges

Voice for Animals
Animals can't speak. Luckily, there are people willing to stand up for them! Meet with a zoo educator to discuss wildlife rehabilitation, pet rescue, zoo breeding programs, and professional animal shows. Learn about potential career paths that can help you help animals.

Option B: Steps 1, 3, and 4
Sleepover: Steps 1, 3, and 4
Journey Connection: Mission: Sisterhood



registration information 

You may register over the phone or download the Girl Scout Registration Form and return it by mail, email, or fax.

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Education Department
1300 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112

Phone: (408) 794-6420
Fax: (408) 794-6470
Email: [email protected] 


Refund Policy

Refunds must be requested more than 14 days prior to the date of the program. Refunds requested less than 14 days before the program cannot be granted. A $10 administrative fee is retained for each cancellation.

Stay & Play

Girl Scout Troops wishing to visit Happy Hollow after their program must purchase admission tickets. Visit our website for more tips on visiting the park under “Plan Your Visit.”


Happy Hollow does not provide the actual Girl Scout Badges. Please contact your local Girl Scout branch for purchasing information.


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