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Environmental Science Merit Badge Clinic

Saturday, September 13                
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Space is limited to 25 scouts
$25/Scout includes all materials
          

 

 

The Dunwoody Nature Center has developed an interactive and educational program designed to allow Boy Scouts, ages 13 and older, to meet the requirements for the Environmental Science Merit Badge. Perform experiments and complete activities dealing with ecosystems, pollution, endangered species and conservation; study the species found in different ecosystems; hypothesize the environmental impact of construction and learn about careers in the environmental field. Join us for a great day of interactive learning and raise your environmental IQ! Please read the full requirements for the workshop as some activities need to be completed and brought with you prior to the workshop - then fill out the registration information at the bottom of the page.

Space is limited to 25 scouts.
$25/Scout includes all materials.

Environmental Science Merit Badge Requirements

Items 1 and 2 need to be completed prior to coming to the workshop!

  1. Make a timeline of the history of environmental science in America. Identify the contribution made by the Boy Scouts of America to environmental science. Include dates, names of people or organizations, and important events.
  2. Define the following terms: population, community, ecosystem, biosphere, symbiosis, niche, habitat, conservation, threatened species, endangered species, extinction, pollution prevention, brownfield, ozone, watershed, airshed, nonpoint source, hybrid vehicle, fuel cell.

In addition, ONE of the following also needs to be completed prior to coming to the workshop!

            3B. Air Pollution

      1. Perform an experiment to test for particulates that contribute to air pollution. Discuss your findings with your counselor. OR
      2. Record the trips taken, mileage, and fuel consumption of a family car for seven days, and calculate how many miles per gallon the car gets. Determine whether any trips could have been combined ("chained") rather than taken out and back. Using the idea of trip chaining, determine how many miles and gallons of gas could have been saved in those seven days. OR
      3. Explain what is acid rain. In your explanation, tell how it affects plants and the environment and the steps society can take to help reduce its effects.
         

Activities that will occur at DNC on the day of the Merit Badge Workshop will focus on the following areas:

    a. Ecology
    c. Water Pollution
    d. Land Pollution
    e. Endangered Species
    f. Pollution Prevention, Resource Recovery, and Conservation
Further, scouts will:

Scouts will complete two outdoor study areas to meet the requirements of the merit badge

Using the construction project provided or a plan you create on your own, identify the items that would need to be included in an environmental impact statement for the project planned.

Find out about three career opportunities in environmental science.

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Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge Clinic


Saturday, June 7th                              
10:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  

Space is limited to 25 scouts               
$25/Scout includes all materials       

 

The Dunwoody Nature Center has developed an interactive and educational program designed to allow Boy Scouts, ages 11 and older, to meet the requirements for the Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge. Please read the full requirements for the workshop and then fill out the registration information below.

Space is limited to 25 scouts               
$25/Scout includes all materials          

In order to make the activities as meaningful and complete as possible, we need you to complete some of the “classroom” activities beforehand. They are not too difficult or time-consuming but they are important building blocks to make the day more meaningful. 

You have two options for completing the workshop pre-requisites:
a.       Complete them and bring them with you in a folder with your name on it) OR
b.      Complete them and e-mail them to me by Wednesday, June 4th so that I may review them before Sat. – if you do this, you will be marked on my list so that you will be allowed to check out first. 

You can download the days agenda HERE
You can download the required pre-requisites HERE

There will be time for lunch during the day and we ask that you bring your own lunch, drinks, and water bottles.  We do have a refrigerator if you need to use it.  We will make sure that you have ample water and bathroom breaks as needed.

Lastly, as a reminder, the intent of the day is to offer the opportunity to complete all of the requirements of the Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge.  However, attendance does not guarantee completion.  Our expectations are that each scout will meet and exceed all requirements, but it occasionally does not happen.  So, I am asking that each scout come prepared and ready to put their best efforts into the activities and discussions.  It really is a very informative and fun day when approached correctly.   It would also be a huge help if the scout would bring their own Blue Card. 
 
Thanks and please don’t hesitate to call me with any questions about the assignments.
David Boyd –Director of Education
Dunwoody Nature Center
david@dunwoodynature.org

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Nature Merit Badge

 

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Space is limited to 16 scouts.
$25/Scout includes all materials


Scouts will use the grounds of Dunwoody Park to investigate and learn about the interdependence of our flora and fauna, the challenges that our endangered plants and animals face, and identify different types of food chains.  Scouts will also identify and learn about different birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, plants,  and soil types.  Join us for a great day of interactive learning and raise your nature IQ!  Be prepared to be outside and appropriately dressed for light hiking.  For scouts ages 11 and older.


Pre- requisites: 4g2 - Plants
Collect and label seeds of six plants; OR the leaves of 12 plants.

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Bird Study Merit Badge Clinic


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The Dunwoody Nature Center has developed an interactive and educational program designed to allow Boy Scouts, ages 11 and older, to meet the requirements for the Bird Study Merit Badge. Please read the full requirements for the workshop and then fill out the registration information at the bottom of the page.

Space is limited to 25 scouts
$25/Scout includes all materials


Bird Study Merit Badge Requirements

1. Explain the need for bird study and why birds are useful indicators of the quality of the environment.

2. Show that you are familiar with the terms used to describe birds by sketching or tracing a perched bird and then labeling 15 different parts of the bird. Sketch or trace an extended wing and label types of wing feathers.

3. Demonstrate that you know how to properly use and care for binoculars.

4. Demonstrate that you know how to use a bird field guide. Show your counselor that you are able to understand a range map by locating in the book and pointing out the wintering range, the breeding range, and/or the year-round range of different species of birds.

5. Observe and be able to identify at least 20 species of wild birds. Prepare a field notebook, making a separate entry for each species, and record information from your field observations and other references.

6. Explain the function of a bird's song. Be able to identify five of the 20 species in your field notebook by song or call alone. For each of these five species enter a description of the song or call, and note the behavior of the bird making the sound. Note why you think the bird was making the call or song that you heard.

7A. Go on a field trip with a local club or with others who are knowledgeable about birds in your area.

8A. Build a bird feeder and put it in an appropriate place in your yard or another location.


 

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