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Nature Trail

Milestone 2: Getting Good!

See how good you can get at learning a new skill! This is where it gets interesting! Just starting out? Try Milestone 1.

Take a guided tour of a nature area, park or fish hatchery. Ask questions!
Become familiar with some basic first aid
Learn how to read different types of maps
Learn how to use a compass to find directions
Learn how to identify poison ivy, poison sumac-and what to do if you come in contact with them
Learn how to make and use a plant press
Name 5 birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, etc. in your area
Learn the proper use and care of binoculars and spotting scopes
Identify 5 trees by the shape of their leaves
Learn to identify game and non-game animals of your area
Attend a campfire program at a state park
Name 5 endangered species occurring in Texas and where they are found
Learn to identify and name 4 venomous snakes of Texas
Be able to recognize 5 animal tracks or scat and identify the animals that made them
Learn to make plaster casts of animal tracks
Name 5 plants that are important to wildlife in your area
Learn 5 native grasses
Learn to identify 3 song birds or frogs by their call
Make a life list or journal of the wildlife you see
Make drawings of insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, or scorpions you come across in your yard or elsewhere
Identify and record birds seen in your yard for 15 minutes every day for a week
Take a nature hike and photograph or draw 4 things you found interesting
Learn 5 native plants which attract butterflies
Make a spring flower journal
Draw and learn to identify the butterflies that visit your yard
Learn what habitat and ecosystems are
Visit a wetland area and make a list of the waterfowl that you can identify
Be able to identify 3 native freshwater fish
Find and make drawings of 4 aquatic invertebrates
Find 5 different rocks, identify and describe their differences
Pick a specific plant or tree near your home and describe how it looks in the summer/ fall/ winter/ spring
Observe and learn about water flows and how it causes erosion
Create a drawing or model of a food chain or food web and describe it to someone
Earn a nature merit badge
Attend Texas Wildlife Expo