Nature Merit Badge Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky Nature
Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:
Saturday, May 12, 2018 Shoreview, MN 3 Scouts
Saturday, May 13, 2017 Shoreview, MN 9 Scouts
Saturday, December 19, 2015 Base Camp Fort Snelling, MN 3 Scouts
Saturday, December 20, 2014 Base Camp Fort Snelling, MN 11 Scouts
Saturday, December 21, 2013 Base Camp Fort Snelling, MN 7 Scouts
Saturday, March 16, 2013 Maple Plain, MN 4 Scouts
Saturday, May 1, 2010 Rum River Scout Camp 11 Scouts
Saturday, March 14, 2009 Richfield, MN 7 Scouts
Nature Merit Badge Pamphlet
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MERIT BADGE REQUIREMENTS source: 2020 Scouts BSA Requirements

1. Name three ways in which plants are important to animals. Name a plant that is protected in your state or region, and explain why it is at risk.


2. Name three ways in which animals are important to plants. Name an animal that is protected in your state or region, and explain why it is at risk.


3. Explain the term "food chain." Give an example of a four-step land food chain and a four-step water food chain.


4. Do all of the requirements in FIVE of the following fields:

(a) Birds

(1) In the field, identify eight species of birds.

(2) Make and set out a birdhouse OR a feeding station OR a birdbath. List what birds used it during a period of one month.

(b) Mammals

(1) In the field, identify three species of wild mammals.

(2) Make plaster casts of the tracks of a wild mammal.

(c) Reptiles and Amphibians

(1) Show that you can recognize the venomous snakes in your area.

(2) In the field, identify three species of reptiles or amphibians.

(3) Recognize one species of toad or frog by voice; OR identify one reptile or amphibian by eggs, den, burrow or other signs.

(d) Insects and Spiders

(1) Collect and identify either in the field or through photographs 10 species of insects or spiders.

(2) Hatch an insect from the pupa or cocoon; OR hatch adults from nymphs; OR keep larvae until they form pupae or cocoons; OR keep a colony of ants or bees through one season.

(e) Fish

(1) Identify two species of fish native to your area.

(2) Collect four kinds of animal food eaten by fish in the wild.

(f) Mollusks and Crustaceans

(1) Identify five species of mollusks and crustaceans.

(2) Collect, mount, and label six shells.

(g) Plants

(1) In the field, identify 15 species of wild plants.

(2) Collect and label the seeds of six plants OR the leaves of 12 plants.

(h) Soils and Rocks

(1) Collect and identify soils found in different layers of a soil profile.

(2) Collect and identify five different types of rocks from your area.



In most cases all specimens should be returned to the wild at the location of original capture after the requirements have been met. Check with your merit badge counselor for those instances where the return of these specimens would not be appropriate.

Under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, some plants and animals are or may be protected by federal law. The same ones and/or others may be protected by state law. Be sure that you do not collect protected species.

Your state may require that you purchase and carry a license to collect certain species. Check with the wildlife and fish and game official in your state regarding species regulations before you begin to collect.

this page last reviewed / updated: February 2020