Naturalist Activity Badge
How to earn your badge
1. Learn how to identify six different living things from two of these
- garden birds
- water birds
- minibeasts and insects
- wild flowers
- pond dwellers
- butterflies and moths
That means you should have 12 examples in total.
2. Over three months, visit the same natural area at least four times. Take a note of the changes in the plants and wildlife that you see. You might visit a garden, hedgerow, canal, river lake or park. Make sure that you have an adult’s permission for the visits.
3. Learn the countryside code and how to follow it.
4. Choose one of these activities to do:
- Create a piece of art using natural material. You could do a bark or leaf rubbing, dried flower picture or maybe a collage.
- Use a dye that uses natural ingredients to colour a piece of material.
- Make a feeding station for birds. Get permission to hang it in a good position.
- Make a hedgehog, ladybird or bee house.
- With an adult pick wild edible berries, leaves or fruit. Use them in a recipe.
! For number 2, it must be agreed with an adult that a young person can visit a natural area. They must know where a young person is and how long they arr going to be.
When picking plants or berries for number 4, make sure you are 100% sure you know what it is and whether it's safe to eat. If you're not sure, don't eat it.
Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities. For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility