National wildlife refuges are ideal places for Scout groups or individuals to earn merit badges, plan field trips or work on service projects. Contact your closest refuge to make arrangements for your troop, pack, den or your own Scout. Many refuges plan special events or workshops for Scouts.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has developed activity booklets for Brownie, Junior and Senior Girl Scouts in North Dakota, with four possible badges awarded at each level. Each badge includes opportunities for service projects, career exploration, technology and skill building.
At Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland, Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts may spend a day learning about bird ecology, identification, migration and banding to earn the All About Birds badge. There are Try-It Workshops for Brownies and Earth Connections for Junior Girl Scouts. Patuxent Refuge also offers a full schedule workshops for Tigers, Webelos and Boy Scouts, including the Tiger Conservation Belt Loop Workshop, Webelos Naturalist Workshops, and Fish and Wildlife Management for boys exploring a career in environmental science. Find the schedule here.
The Friends of St. Croix Wetland Management District, WI, teamed with the Boy Scouts of the America's Eagle River District and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host a Conservation Day for more than 400 Scouts and parents. The Scouts learned about the prairie pothole ecosystem at St. Croix WMD, helped remove invasive plants and gazed at 200 Canada geese and trumpeter swans fly overhead. Learn more here.