(Discover the Outdoors)
by Doreen Olson
This badge can be earned multiple times, once for each type of natural wonder you wish to learn about. Examples might include: Waterfalls, Rivers, Mountains, Geysers, Caves & Caverns, Canyons, Volcanoes, Craters, Lakes, Rock Formations, Glaciers, Canyons, Coral Reefs, Rain Forests, Redwood Forests, etc. If you want a general understanding of the world's natural wonders, you may also earn the Natural Wonders (General) badge.
Penguin: Do three requirements including the two starred:
_____ 1.* Pick a natural wonder to learn about. Be able to recognize your wonder and find at least three pictures of this type of natural wonder.
_____ 2.* Read (or have read to you) a story or myth that explains how your natural wonder was created, or how it played a role in the outcome of a story.
Otters: Do four requirements including the two starred:
_____ 1.* Do Penguin 1 & 2. Find out where the largest example of your natural wonder in the world is. What about in the United States? What about your own state? Locate them on a map.
_____ 2. Is there a specific spot in the world that your natural wonder is found? If so, find it on a map (can be with the help of an adult). If your natural wonder is not specifically found in one area of the world, choose one example of your wonder and find its location on a map.
Dolphins: Do five requirements including the two starred:
_____ 1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.
_____ 2.* How is this natural wonder formed? Is there more than one theory about how it was made? Which do you think is a better theory? Why?
Butterflies: Do six requirements including the two starred
_____ 1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.
_____ 2.* What is being done to conserve or preserve this natural wonder and others like it? Is there an organization heading up the effort? Are there safety issues for tourists that are being addressed?
Eagles: Do seven requirements including the two starred:
_____ 1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.
_____ 2.* How does this natural wonder affect ecosystems in the area? Does it affect the weather?
Owl: Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred:
_____ 1. * Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2
_____ 2. * 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.
_____ 3. Visit an example of the natural wonder you have chosen. This requirement can be repeated more than once. 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? Spend at least a 1/2 hour doing one of the following(Butterflies and above must spend at least 60 minutes doing one of the following):
Visit to a visitors center
An authority-led session
Walk, or hike around your natural wonder
Do a photo shoot of your natural wonder
Study the phenomenon ahead of time
Journal entry or letter to relative describing the visit
Written or oral report on your visit
Piece of art inspired by visit
_____ 4. How is this natural wonder formed? Is there more than one theory about how it was made? Which do you think is a better theory? Why?
_____ 5. How does this natural wonder affect ecosystems in the area? Does it affect the weather?
_____ 6. What is being done to conserve or preserve this natural wonder and others like it? Is there an organization heading up the effort? Are there safety issues for tourists that are being addressed?
_____ 7. How does this natural wonder affect the economy in the area? Does it attract a lot of tourists?
_____ 8. Make a piece of art about your natural formation. This may represent something you learned from a visit, or its purpose may be to increase others appreciation for the formation. Poster, painting, scrapbook entry, display, or public presentation of a song or poem.
_____ 9. Write a poem or song about your natural wonder.
_____10. Produce a documentary or artistic work promoting the formation you visit, showing what you learned from the visit, or increasing others appreciation for the formation. This can be a slide show, video, poster, painting, scrapbook entry, display, or public presentation of a song or poem.
_____ 11. Is there any harvesting of minerals, forests, or other natural resources in the area around your natural wonder?
_____ 12. Write an essay or report about your natural wonder.
_____ 13. Volunteer at least 4 hours to help preserve your natural wonder in some way.
_____ 14. Research careers in that revolve around your natural wonder. Examples may be found in the forestry industry, medical fields, animal or plant research, geology, and many more. Find out what education is needed to pursue one of these careers. What kind of pay could you expect? What kind of hours might you need to work?