Birmingham Botanical Gardens is currently closed.
The City of Birmingham Park and Recreation Board, which has jurisdiction over the Gardens, is currently working on its plan for reopening the Gardens with the wellness and safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff of top priority. Follow the Gardens on social media and visit our homepage to sign up to receive our e-news as the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens brings the Gardens to you virtually. We wish you good health and look forward to welcoming you back in person as soon as City and State directives allow. Thank you for your support!

Programs for Girl Scouts

 Meet The Gardens: A Treasure Map


Our backpack programs are currently on hiatus as we revamp our programming for the upcoming school year. You are more than welcome to visit The Gardens on your own for a self-guided summer tour. Please visit to download Meet The Gardens: A Treasure Map, your guide to discover highlights of our living collection. Designed for all ages to enjoy. Great for children’s groups and families. Based on Alabama Course of Study, Science. Monday-Sunday | Free

Girl Scouts can earn badges on their visit to The Gardens! Leaders check out a Discovery Backpack to guide scouts on a garden exploration following Meet The Gardens: A Treasure Map while earning badges through activities based on Journeys requirements for Girl Scouts.

Backpacks include a troop leader's guide and materials to complete requirements on site. Birmingham Botanical Gardens patches are available. Available Monday - Friday, 3- 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 - noon and 1 - 3 p.m. and Sunday, 2 - 4 p.m. There is no fee. Call 205.414.3953 to reserve your backpack.

Based on Journeys requirements for Girls Scouts

  • Daisy (K - 1st) Discovery Backpack: Earn requirements toward Journeys Awards: The Amazing Daisy Award, The Golden Honeybee Award and The Watering Can Award
  • Brownie (2nd - 3rd) Discovery Backpack: Bugs Badge
  • Junior (4th - 5th) Discovery Backpack: Flower Badge, Gardener Badge
  • Cadette (6th - 8th) Discovery Backpack: Trees Badge

Click image below to download the treasure map.