Self-Guided Discovery Programs

For those interested in a Self-Guided Discovery Program, we now have a wider range of new and revised programs that are grade-specific and correlate with North Carolina Essential Standards for Science and/or Social Studies. Please see descriptions below.

Are you, or do you know someone, associated with the Girl Scouts of America? Our Discovery Programs are customized to assist Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Girl Scouts with earning petals, badges, and awards.

Self-Guided Discovery Programs allow a class or group to conduct their own study of Tanglewood's natural areas. Instructions are emailed to educators/leaders prior to the program. On the day of the program the group leader picks up a "Discovery Box" at the Welcome Center. It contains all the materials necessary for group leaders to conduct their own program at a designated park location. All Discovery Programs include group activities and ideas for nature walks.

Discovery programs are operated year round.

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For additional information on discovery programs, call (336) 703-6436 or email

Title Grade Level Description
Sense of Wonder Kindergarten Science: KP1.1, 1.2; KP2.1, 2.2; KE 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
Social Studies: KH1.2; KG1.3, 2.1, 2.2
Participants use their senses to observe properties of the natural world, including changes in the weather and seasons. The nature walk includes examinations of some of the park’s physical features and an opportunity to learn about some of the wild animals that live at Tanglewood.

Girl Scout Petals/Badges:
Daisy Petals: Lupe, Zinni, Rosie, Mari
Brownie Badge: Senses
Who Lives Here? Grade One Science: 1L1.1, 1.2, 1.3
Social Studies: 1G2.1
By playing Habitat Bingo along the Nature Trail, participants learn to recognize animal signs and discover “who lives here”. Other activities teach how local habitats favor the survival of some animals and not others. Groups also learn how land managers and private citizens can change and/or protect the environment for the continued survival of organisms.

Girl Scout Petals/Badges:
Daisy Petals: Lupe, Rosie, Marie
Brownie Badge: Making Games
Junior Badge: Animal Habitats
Insect Lifecycles Grade Two Science: 2P1.1, 1.2; 2L1.1, 1.2; 2L2.1
Social Studies: 2G2.2
This program compares and contrasts the lifecycles of various insects that live at Tanglewood, with an emphasis on growth, development and reproduction. Along the Nature Trail participants take part in “communication stations” to replicate various sounds that certain insects use for communication or protection. Groups also learn about the beautiful Monarch Butterfly, it’s amazing migration journey, and what people can to do improve Monarch habitat for their continued survival.

Girl Scout Badge
Brownie Badge: Bugs
Tanglewood Trees Grade Three Science: 3L2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
Social Studies: 3G1.3 3E1.2 3C&G2.2

This program relates how local soils and climate favor the growth of a wide diversity of trees that benefit wildlife and people in many ways. Participants discover different ways to identify some common Tanglewood trees along the Nature Trail. Tree structures and functions are also emphasized, along with the lifecycle of a tree and how it’s eventual death and decay play an important role in maintaining a healthy forest.

Girl Scout Badge:
Cadette Badge: Trees
Native Americans of the Piedmont Grade Four Science: 4E1.2; 4L1.3
Social Studies: 4H1.1, 1.3; 4G1.2, 1.3, 1.4
This program introduces groups to the “Woodland” of the Piedmont Native Americans that lived in Piedmont NC prior to European settlement. Participants examine natural resources that were necessary not just for survival, but also for fun and games as they walk the Nature Trail. The role of natural events, such as moon phases, is correlated with seasonal traditions. Ways in which natives interacted with and modified their environment through practices such as agriculture are also explored.

Girl Scout Badges:
Junior Badge: Playing the Past
EcoExplorers Grade Five Science: 5L2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Social Studies: 5G1.2
The Nature Trail takes walkers through three distinct ecosystems. Along the way groups investigate each by classifying resident organisms according to their biotic functions and discussing the interconnected relationships they share. At the lake ecosystem participants take on the role of “raindrops” in a fun game that emphasizes the impact of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution on aquatic ecosystems and the role that citizens can play in its prevention.

Girl Scout Badges:
Brownie Badge: Detective
Fun Box PreK - Middle School The Fun Box is perfect for day camp and daycare groups, homeschoolers, and church groups. It contains a variety of fun, nature-related activities for children of all ages. All activities encourage active participation and employ themes that can be incorporated into a nature walk. Books, games, and other supplemental materials are available in the box to help ensure a variety of fun learning experiences throughout your visit.

General Park Information

  • Pets must be under control of their owner and kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. All pets must have current inoculations for rabies. Pets must be kept and never left unattended. Pet owners are responsible for their pets using the designated waste area and cleaning up after their pets at the designated area.
  • Golf, Horse Stables, Hiking Trails and Accommodations are available year-around.
  • Gardens are open year-around. Blooming seasons vary.
  • Tennis activities are available from April to November.
  • Water activities can be enjoyed from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • Entrance Fee:
    • $8.00 - Passenger Vans and Buses
    • $2.00 - All other vehicles
    Annual passes can be purchased at the Welcome Center for $50.00 for passenger vans and buses and $25.00 for all other vehicles. Entrance fees and annual passes do not include admission to special events.