Girl Scout Badge Explorer

at Lanier Mansion state historic site

During a visit to the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, Girl Scouts will be able to accomplish
the following badge requirements. Please call 812.265.3526 to make your tour reservation.

As you arrive

What do you notice about the buildings and land around you?
Who would have lived here 100 years ago?

During your visit

What do you see?
Focus on an object in the room you are in. Have you seen something like this before? Where? How is it the same or different?
If you were a kid then, what would you do?
What is the coolest thing you see?
If you were an inventor then, what would you create?
Why do you think the historic site was preserved for people to visit?

After your visit

Talk with your family and/or troop about your visit. Share your top three things you found interesting, surprising, or cool.

601 West 1st Street, Madison, IN, USA

Take a trip to see us

Timed, indoor tours are available Wednesday through Sunday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.


    Step 1 – Find some pottery: Find the pottery that’s all around you-that way you can get ideas for making your own. When you do one of these things, begin an artist notebook to write your great ideas or draw a picture of something you have seen.


    Step 1 – Visit a garden: The best way to get inspired about gardening is to explore and enjoy a well-cared- for garden. Take a tour of one of the gardens below to start learning about how gardens are planted, how to take care of them, and the right way to pick flowers when they’ve blossomed. (explore our gardens)
    Step 2 – Explore garden design: The first gardens on record were planted in Persia 4,000 years ago. Humans have long known that well-designed gardens can have magical effects-they can make people feel cheerful, thoughtful, or inspired. (explore our gardens)

    Playing the Past
    Step 1 – Decide who you are: Pick your time period and do a little research. What did girls do? What did they like? Then use on of the choices to come up with the details of your character’s life. (Tour)
    Step 3 – Experience daily life: Immerse yourself in your character’s time period. Think about what her lifestyle would have been like, and live it out. This is your chance to spend a day seeing the world through your character’s eyes. (Tour)

    My Money Plan
    Step 1 – Explore how to earn an income. (Tour)
    Step 4 – Protect Money and information. (Tour)

    Digital Photographer
    Step 2 – Take tons of photographs. (Tour & Outdoors)

    My Financial Power
    Step 5 – See how giving back impacts a community. (Tour)

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