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Natural Wonders (General)
(Discover the Outdoors)
by Doreen Olson

This badge is meant to give a general understanding of several different types of natural wonders.  If you wish to specialize in a specific natural wonder, such as waterfalls or volcanoes, please see the Natural Wonders (Specific) badge.  The 'General' category badge is perfect for family trips across a large area with stops at
famous sites.

 

Penguin: Do three requirements including the one starred.

_____1.* What is a natural wonder? Find three pictures of natural wonders and explain to someone why they are special.

 

Otters:  Do four requirements including the one starred.

_____ 1.* Do Penguin requirement 1. Learn about at least three different types of natural wonders.  Find out what the largest, tallest, or oldest example is for each of the natural wonders you learned about, and locate it on a map.

 

Dolphins:  Do five requirements including the one starred.

_____ 1.* Learn about at least four different types of natural wonders.  Find out what the largest, tallest, or oldest example is for each of the natural wonders you learned about, and locate it on a map.

 

Butterflies:  Do six requirements including the one starred.

_____ 1.* Learn about at least six different types of natural wonders.  Find out what the largest, tallest, or oldest example is for each of the natural wonders you learned about, and locate it on a map.

 

Eagle:  Do seven requirements including the one starred.

_____ 1.* Learn about at least seven different types of natural wonders.  Find out what the largest, tallest, or oldest example is for each of the natural wonders you learned about, and locate it on a map.

 

Owl:  Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred:

_____ 1. * Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.

 

Optional Requirements:

The following requirement can be repeated more than once if they take place at different natural wonder locations.

_____ 2.  Visit a natural wonder (a waterfall, canyon, coral reef, etc.). What is the history of this particular site?  Has it changed much in the last two hundred years?  Was it ever privately owned?  Has it been abused? Has it been used for something other than a tourist attraction?

_____ 3.  Visit a visitor’s center at a natural wonder and spend at least 30 minutes looking around. (Butterflies and Up must spend at least 60 minutes looking around)

_____ 4.  Attend an authority-led session or class about a natural wonder.

_____ 5.  Do a photo shoot of a natural wonder or make a collage of photos you have gathered.

_____ 6.  Write a journal entry or a letter describing a visit you made to a natural wonder.

_____ 7.  Write or report, or give an oral report, on a natural wonder.

_____ 8.  Create a piece of art inspired by a natural wonder.

_____ 9.  Hike or walk around a natural wonder for at least 30 minutes.

_____10. Write a short story that involves a natural wonder. Be sure to complete the necessary research to insure that this story is accurate in every way possible.