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Severely Endangered Black Rhinoceros C) Prerequisites - Scouts
Work to be done prior to program start:

    Print Merit Badge Workbook - One copy for each scout. And don't forget to have ready your Merit Badge Blue Card - (home printer version.)
    Req 3e: Endangered Species Report - Do research on one endangered species found in your state. Find out what its natural habitat is, why it is endangered, what is being done to preserve it, and how many individual organisms are left in the wild. Prepare a 100-word report about the organism, including a drawing. Present your report to your patrol or troop.
    Req 3f: Pollution Survey - Look around your home and determine 10 ways your family can help reduce pollution. Practice at least two of these methods for seven days and discuss with your counselor what you have learned.


Outdoor Nature Merit Badge D1) 1st Outdoor Session
Allow minimum three hours for class study, experiments, field study and homework.

    Req #1: Timeline of Environmental Science
    Download Timeline Slideshow to a laptop computer.

    Req #3e: Endangered Species Reports
    As a prerequisite - each scout was to write a endangered species report which they can present now.

    Req #4: Field Study Day #1
    Spend 20 minutes each at two designated field ecosystem areas for close study. Document what you observed.

    Session Homework #1: Definitions
    Review the study guide of important definitions and be ready for a tough quiz in the next group session. (Leader Prerequisites)

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Outdoor Nature Merit Badge D2) 2nd Outdoor Session
Allow minimum three hours for class study, experiments, field study and homework.

    Req #2: Definitions
    Quiz scouts on their knowledge of key term definitions (See leader resources.)

    Req #3a: Ecology Pollution
    Worksheet and instructions for performing greenhouse bottle experiment to demonstrate greenhouse effect(#3.a.2.)

    Req #3b: Air Pollution
    Worksheet and instructions for performing acid rain experiment to demonstrate air pollution(#3.b.3.)

    Req #4: Field Study Day #2
    Spend 20 minutes each at two designated field ecosystem areas for close study. Document what you observed.

    Req #5: Homework - Environmental Impact Study
    Complete this Study Worksheet. The merit badge counselor will recommend three study projects to choose from.

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Outdoor Nature Merit Badge D3) 3rd Outdoor Session
Allow minimum three hours for class study, experiments, field study and homework.

    Req #3e: Endangered Species
    As a prerequisit - each scout was to write an endangered species report which they can present now.

    Req #3c: Water Pollution
    Worksheet and instructions for performing oil spill experiment to demonstrate water pollutions (#3.c.1.)

    Req #3d: Soil Pollution
    Worksheet and instructions for performing soil erosion experiment to demonstrate land pollution impact (#3.d.1.)

    Req #4: Field Study Day #3
    Spend 20 minutes each at two designated field ecosystem areas for close study. Document what you observed.

    Req #4: Field Study Homework
    Prepare a summary report on your field study research from the previous three days.

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Outdoor Nature Merit Badge D4) 4th Outdoor Session
Allow minimum three hours for class study, experiments, field study and homework.

    Req #3f: Pollution Survey
    As a prerequisite - each scout was to write a pollution survey which they can present now.

    Req #4: Field Study Presentation
    Present a summary report on your field study research from the previous three days.

    Req #6: Environmental Science Career Paths

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Environmental Science Merit Badge G) Program Debriefing

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H) Extra Credit

Merit Badge BSA World Conservation Award

Environmental Science is one of just three merit badges needed to earn this unique and prestigious scouting award.

An important opportunity for individual Scouts to 'think globally' and 'act locally' to preserve and improve our environment.


J) Environmental Science Famous Quotes:
    Environmental Science Humor
    Scoutmaster Hall - Does this mean that Saturday's activity is canceled?

    Scoutmaster Hall - True story of the Roadkill Patrol. One day we went to our local park and marched halfway down the nature trail and then stopped. I then challenged the scouts to spend ten minutes to carefully the place we were at. Promptly one of the scouts responded, "Scoutmaster, do you know that you're standing on a anthill?"

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