Forester Activity Badge

Trees and other forest plants are important parts of the interconnected life on Earth. A forester’s work—taking care of trees and managing forest land—is important to the well-being of the planet. You’ll learn why when you earn the Forester activity badge.  Wherever you live, on a farm, in a small town, in a large city—or even in the middle of a forest—you can learn about identifying trees and planting new trees.

You might visit a forest with your Webelos den. Take your time and notice everything—all kinds of trees and other plants, animals, birds, and insects. The forest is a fascinating place.


Do five of these:

  1. Make a map of the United States. Show the types of forests growing in different parts of the country. Name some kinds of trees that grow in these forests.
  2. Draw a picture to show the plant and tree layers of a forest in your area. Label the different layers. (If you don’t live in an area that has forests, choose an area that does and draw a picture of that forest.)
  3. Identify six forest trees common to the area where you live. Tell how both wildlife and humans use them. (If you don’t live in a region that has forests, read about one type of forest and name six of its trees and their uses.)
  4. Identify six forest plants (other than trees) that are useful to wildlife. Tell which animals use them and for what purposes.
  5. Draw a picture showing
    • How water and minerals in the soil help a tree grow.
    • How the tree uses sunlight to help it grow.
  6. Make a poster showing a tree’s growth rings or examine the growth rings of a tree stump. Explain how the rings tell its life history.
  7. Collect pieces of three kinds of wood used for building houses. Tell what kinds of wood they are and one place each of them might be used.
  8. Plant 20 forest tree seedlings. Tell how you planted them and what you did to take care of them after planting.
  9. Describe both the benefits and the harm wildfires can cause in a forest ecosystem. Tell how you can help prevent wildfire.
  10. Draw your own urban forestry plan for adding trees to a street, yard, or park near your home. Show what types of trees you would like to see planted.

Additional Information

Native Plant Guide (Wissahickon Park)
Invasive Plant Guide (Wissahickon Park)