Girl Scout Vernal Pond Patch Program
Starred (*) activities are required
I. Brownie Patch Program Do at least 4 activities including the two starred
*1. Find out what a Vernal Pond is.
*2. What animals live in a Vernal Pond.
What are they called and what do they look like. Make a poster to show others.
3. Go to a Vernal Pond. What do you see, smell, hear, and feel?
Make a list, do a drawing, or use some other way to show how you used all your senses at the pond area.
4. Do the “Food Chain” activity from the Eco-Explorer Try-It (page 104 of the Try-It book). Use the types of animals that are found at a Vernal Pond.
5. Do the “Helping Wildlife” activity from the Eco-Explorer Try-It.
Make posters to bring attention to Vernal
Ponds, to share with others in your troop,
6. Find out what kind of careers are involved with Vernal Ponds
7. Have a Show and Tell with pictures of animals from Vernal Ponds
8. Do the “Water Explorer” activity from the Water Everywhere Try-It (page 142 - 143 in the Try-It book)*
9. Do the “Outdoor Shopping” activity on page 141 in the Watching Wildlife Try-It. Do your list for animals that live in or around a Vernal Pond.
II. Junior Patch Program Do at least 6 activities including the one starred
*1. Find out what a Vernal Pond is and why they are so valuable.
2. Visit the www.capeannvernalpond.org website and view the Vernal Ponds video tape (your troop can borrow it from Mrs. Parsons)
3. Find out where there is a Vernal Pond near your neighborhood. Visit the pond.
4. Find out what it takes to Certify a Vernal Pond. Why is it important to certify these ponds?
5. Investigate careers that are involved
with Vernal Ponds. Find out what talents, education,
6. Learn about how the land around Vernal Ponds is used by the animals.
Go to a Vernal Pond and clean up the area
around it. Be careful not to interrupt areas
7. Do the “Traveling Through Time”
activity from the Earth Connections badge (page 95 in
Learn about the evolution of a Vernal Pond.
Find a way to show others and to teach how to protect the areas where Vernal Ponds are.
8. Do a Vernal Pond Food Web
9. Make a poster about Vernal Ponds. Hang it in an public area to help create awareness.
III. Cadette/ Senior Patch Program Do at least 5 activities including the two starred
*1. What is a Vernal Pond? Use the
Internet, library, and resources available from the Cape
www.capeannvernalpond.org and make
arrangements to meet with an Outreach
Use the information you collect for the rest of your patch activity requirements.
2. Find out why Vernal Ponds are so valuable and are a threatened resource. What effect do humans have on these areas?
3. Make a study of a Vernal Pond. Use photography, videography , and audio recordings to document the area.
Use your recordings to make a presentation to display in a public place, to build awareness.
4. Using a field guide, find the animal migration distances used at the Vernal Pond.
Make signs and display them around the pond, to show how far the animals will travel to and from the pond during the year.
5. Find out if Vernal Ponds are automatically protected in Massachusetts.
Find out what it takes to document your Vernal Pond for certification by the
MA Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.
6. Using a certification sheet, go through the steps for certification.
If your pond is not certified, help to get it certified.
7. Learn how to use a GPS ( Global Positioning System) and map out your pond
8. Find out what careers are associated
with Vernal Ponds? Learn what talents, education
*9. Using all the information you have learned, find a way to present it to a group of children.
Design a game, a puppet show, play, or other type of interactive display, and present it to at least one group of children.