Wild Flowers Badge
(Discover the Outdoors)
Written by Charlotte (R) Duke
(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement)
All requirements should follow Leave No Trace principles. Do not collect wildflowers unless they are from your own yard.
Preschool: Do three requirements including the one starred *
_____1.* Learn the difference between wild flowers and cultivated flowers. Why might a gardener choose one over the other?
Level 1: Do four requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Preschool requirement 1.
_____2.* Find at least three different wild flowers in your neighborhood and learn their names.
Level 2: Do five requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Level 1 requirements 1 & 2, but find and learn the names of at least five wild flowers. Learn the different parts of a flower including the pistal, style, ovary, stamen, anther, filament, stem, leaf, petals, and sepal.
_____2.* Learn about a famous person connected with wild flowers, such as Benny Simpson, who was a Texas Parks and Wildlife plant identifier and collected/identified many hundreds of plants.
Level 3: Do six requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Level 2 requirements 1 & 2. Find and learn the names of at least seven wild flowers.
_____2.* Learn the Latin names of at least three of the flowers from requirement 1.
Level 4: Do seven requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Level 3 requirements 1 & 2. Find and learn the names of at least nine wild flowers.
_____2.* Learn the family names of at least five flowers, including the ones you learned about for Butterfly requirement 2.
Level 5: Do nine requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Level 4 requirements 1 & 2.
_____1.* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.
_____3. Find or make a flower press and learn how to use it. Press some flowers and use them to make greetings cards or a picture. (You can make a press from cardboard and heavy books or bricks).
_____4. Learn about a career that studies wildflowers. Examples might include the forestry department, a florist, or a botanist. What type of salary would you earn? What kind of education would you need to enter that field?
_____5. Earn the Flower Arranging badge at your level.
_____6. Create a book of pressed flowers and include all the information on each flower that you can, such as number of pistils and stamens, Latin and family names, color variety, height, number of leaves and petals, etc. Show it to your family or club.
_____7. Take some photos of your favorite wild flowers and make a collage, poster, or scrapbook page out of them.
_____8. Write an essay on the different types of flowers that grow in your area and why you like them.
_____9. Choose a wild flower from your area and draw it. Show it to your family or club.
_____10. Find out how Native Americans, or early settlers, used wildflower plants as medicine or to dye cloth. Do any of them grow in your area? (WARNING: You must never eat any flowers you find growing wild unless you have parental permission.)
_____11. Find a coloring book of wild flowers and color at least 12 pictures in it. Make sure you get the right colors for each flower. (Preschool and Level 1 need only color five pictures in order to fulfill this requirement.)
_____12. Plant some wild flower seed in a window-box or an empty patch of your yard. Tend the patch, making sure it is watered adequately and has enough sun.
_____13. Learn about how wildflowers are pollinated. What roles do bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies play in the life cycle of a wildflower? What would happen if these animals disappeared?
_____14. Take a hike and record the wild flowers you see as drawings in a field journal.
_____15. Learn about the benefits and importance of native plants to the local ecology (food, habitat, soil erosion, etc.)
_____16. Participate in a community service project that involves wildflowers.
_____17. Learn about legends or folk stories about wildflowers. Create your own legend, story or poem about a wildflower and tell it to your club or family.
_____18. Go on a wild flower scavenger hunt. Find the following:
- A flower that grows in the sun
- A flower that grows in the shade
- A plant growing in or near water
- A plant growing in dry sand
- A native plant with a single flower on each stem
- A native plant with multiple flowers on each stem
_____19. Learn about adaptations that allow wildflowers to survive in their natural habitat.
_____20. Contact your local Highway Department, Parks and Wildlife or Natural Resources Department. Find out what organizations are working to protect wildflowers in your area. Contact one of these organizations and request any free literature available. OR Write to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 LaCross Avenue, Austin, TX 78739, 512-292-4200, www.wildflower.org, for information on an organization in your area.
_____21. Create a flower arrangement using wildflowers you find outside. Display it in your home or garden.
Websites: These websites are not associated with our program and we cannot guarantee their content. Please do not surf the internet without your parent’s permission.
US Forest Service Wildflowers