Eco-Explorer Try It (Authors: Barb Stephens & BHGSSU)         Back to Brownie Programs

1. Food Chains
Visit the Girl Scout Nature Trail at Woodruff. Using the Plant/Tree Identification & Guide (click here for guide), explore the trail. Then supplement this with the Food Chain activity.

Food Chain: Plants make food for all living things and use the sun's energy to grow. When animals eat plants, they get energy. You also get energy from eating food. Your food may be plants or animals. A food chain shows how energy is passed from one living thing to another. All food chains start with plants. You can make your own food chain.

Open and print out this Food Chains Word document handout. It has two sets of food chains. Let each girl select one food chain, cut out the "chains" and then glue or tape them together in order.

2. What's a Habitat?
Read the clue to unscramble each of the following words.

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o f o d
Clue: When you are hungry and your stomach is growling, you need to find some of this.
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t a w r e
Clue: When you are thirsty, this is the best liquid for you to drink, and it's NOT soda!
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p a s e c
Clue: This word means a "place to live" and it rhymes with the word, place.
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t e l h s e r
Clue: If you were outside and there was a bad storm, you would look for this type of place to protect you.

You have discovered the four most important things
that an animal or plant needs in order to survive!

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