SERC Environmental Science Scout Badge Workshop Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 647 Contees Wharf Rd. Edgewater, MD 21037 (301) 238.2737 Welcome to SERC. We are a research branch of the Smithsonian and proud to offer a wide variety of environmental education programs for scouts and the public. Listed below is a course description and a registration form for our Environmental Science Badge Workshop. Course Description Scouts will complete their Environmental Science merit badge through the activities of this course and work that they complete before arriving on our campus (see pre-requisites). Who can Participate? All boys that are official members of the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts. Up to 18 Scouts. Date Times Cost Prerequesite Expectation Teacher Registration and Confirmation Refunds Arrival Attire Contact Outreach Coordinator 4 Hour workshop Minimum program fee of $300.00 for up to 12 students. For 13-18 scouts an additional $25 per scout. Students must provide proof of completion of required sections to program leader the date of the event, this may include building or constructing a model or presentation. Karen S. McDonald Registration is online at meritbadge.info and by mail-in only (attn: Scout Program, PO Box 28 Edgewater, MD 21037). SERC accepts checks (made out to SERC) or cash Refunds are made only under emergency circumstance OR if there is insufficient registration for the class. This assures adequate cost coverage for our programs. Plan to arrive 10 minutes early, late arrivals disrupt the workshop. Students will get wet and dirty. Please wear old clothes and close-toed shoes (hiking boots or shoes), no sandals or crocs. Inclement Weather Siblings are welcome on the SERC campus, but must be supervised by an adult, separate from the Scout activity Call (301) 238.2737 for a voice-mail recording regarding the status of the class. Questions? Contact Karen McDonald, Outreach Coordinator (301) 238.2737, with any questions Siblings SERC Environmental Science Merit Badge Pre-Requisites For the completion of badge each scout must visit the meritbadge.com website and down-load a paper version of the Environmental Science Workbook specifically at: http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Merit_Badge_Worksheets. After printing out the workbook the scout must then complete the following sections BEFORE arriving for the workshop, so that the instructor may sign off on them. #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, and important events. #2. Define the following terms: Population, community, ecosystem, biosphere, symbiosis, niche, habitat, conservation, threatened species, extinction, pollution prevention, brownfield, ozone, watershed, airshed, nonpoint source, hybrid vehicle, fuel cell. #3 C: complete either 1, 2, or 3. #3 D: Bring a camera because we’ll do 3-D. Land Pollution number 3 (photograph and area affected by erosion) together. #3 E: complete either 1, 2, or 3. #5: 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. As a group, during the workshop we will be completing the following activities: #2 A: Conduct an experiment illustrating the greenhouse effect. Keep a journal of your data and observations. Discuss your conclusions with your counselor. We will be building a min-green house to observe evaporation and precipitation. # 3 B: 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. We will discuss acid rain as a group. #3 D: Photograph an area affected by erosion. Share your photographs with your counselor and discuss why the area has eroded and what might be done to help alleviate the erosion. We’ll include this part while going on a walk to look at F #4. Please bring a camera. #3 F: Choose two outdoor study areas that are very different from one another. For BOTH study areas we’ll do a. Mark off a plot of 4 square yards in each study area and count the number of species found there. Estimate how much space is occupied by each plant species and the type and number of non-plant species you find. We will conduct these studies in an upland forest ecosystem and a lowland marsh ecosystem, all part of the same watershed. #6: Find out about three career opportunities in environmental science. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.