Senior Eco Explorer Badge Activity


Investigate a Global Ecosystem Issue

Explore local water issues and learn about other environmental issues in your community.

Activity Details

Time needed: Two hours or more

Materials needed:

  • Access to research materials online or in print
  • A journal or notebook

Setup: As a steward of the outdoors, you know water is a key component. Learning more about the role water plays in your environment is important to becoming an environmental advocate. 


Start by researching environmental issues online, in newspapers, or from a book from your local library. Or scroll through “Environmental Topics” on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website to read about issues such as climate change, rising sea levels, and water pollution.  

Dive into an issue that affects the global ecosystem. An ecosystem includes plant and animal life but also refers to nonliving factors, like climate, soil, and water.  

You might read about melting polar ice caps, unusual patterns of precipitation, desertification, or ocean acidification. What are some of the ripple effects (pun intended!) of global water issues? Keep track of your thoughts in a journal. 

Troop Leaders:  The instructions for all badge steps are available free of charge in your  Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.

Girl Scouts at Home activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming and optimized for use at home during a period of social distancing.

Adapted from Step 3 of the Senior Eco Explorer badge. Purchase the badge booklet to complete all requirements and earn the badge