Natural geysers volcanoes waterfalls
Wonders
(Specific)


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.

Level 1: Do four requirements including the two starred:

_____ 1.* 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.* Read a story or myth that explains how your natural wonder was created, or how it played a role in the outcome of a story.

_____ 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:
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.

Level 2:  Do five requirements including the two starred:

_____ 1.* Do Level 1 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?

_____ 3. Visit an example of the natural wonder you have chosen. This requirement can be repeated morethan 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 beenused for something other than a tourist attraction? Spend at least a 45 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

_____ 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. 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.

_____ 9.  Is there any harvesting of minerals, forests, or other natural resources in the area around your natural wonder?

_____10. Write a poem or song about your natural wonder.

_____ 11. Write an essay or report about your natural wonder.

Level 3: Do six requirements including the two starred

_____ 1.* Do Level 2 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?

_____ 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 an hour 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 does this natural wonder affect ecosystems in the area? Does it affect the weather?

_____5. How does this natural wonder affect the economy in the area? Does it attract a lot of tourists?

_____ 6. 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.

_____ 7. Is there any harvesting of minerals, forests, or other natural resources in the area around your natural wonder?

_____8. Write a poem or song about your natural wonder.

_____ 9.  Write an essay or report about your natural wonder.

_____ 10. Volunteer at least 4 hours to help preserve your natural wonder in some way.

_____ 11. 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?

Level 4: Do seven requirements including the two starred:

_____ 1.*  Do Level 3 requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* How does this natural wonder affect ecosystems in the area? Does it affect the weather?

_____ 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 an hour 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 does this natural wonder affect ecosystems in the area? Does it affect the weather?

_____ 5. How does this natural wonder affect the economy in the area? Does it attract a lot of tourists?

_____ 6. 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.

_____ 7. Is there any harvesting of minerals, forests, or other natural resources in the area around your natural wonder?

_____8. Write a poem or song about your natural wonder.

_____ 9. Write an essay or report about your natural wonder.

_____ 10. Volunteer at least 4 hours to help preserve your natural wonder in some way.

_____ 11. 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?