Nature Merit Badge

An online virtual merit badge provided by the Narragansett Council - Boy Scouts of America

Out of Class Requirements:

Choose two of the following fields of study then complete all the requirements listed below. It may be in the best interest of the requirements to use photographs as documentation if you are unable to display an item in person (e.g. poisonous snakes or birds). Your two fields of study requirements should be submitted prior to virtual session #2.


    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.


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

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

Reptiles and Amphibians

  1. Show that you can recognize the poisonous snakes in your area.

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

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

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.


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

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

Mollusks and Crustaceans

  1. Identify five species of mollusks and crustaceans.

  2. Collect, mount, and label six shells.


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

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

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.