Earth Connections Badge - Author: Berkeley Heights Troop # 747      Back to Junior Programs

Girl Scout Natural Trail at Woodruff School
Junior Girl Scout Troop 747 has spent a year working on a nature trail at Woodruff Elementary School in Berkeley Heights, NJ. These fifth grade girls mapped out the trail through the forest where there are many plants, unique trees and unusual settings. Some of these plants are the native "Jack in the Pulpit" wildflower and the "Tulip Tree" which was used by Native Americans for dugout canoes. This tree is wide and tall, with round leaves and few branches. There is also a "Sassafras Tree" which has three different shaped leaves and root-beer scented sap. There are many different kinds of mushrooms, which feed on the fallen trees along the trail.

The troop has been spending lots of time marking & building the trail, making benches, plant identification sign and writing and illustrating the trail guide. Come down to Woodruff School for an awesome trail walk in the woods. Junior Girl Scouts can earn an Earth Connections Badge by completing the walk and following the activities in the leader guide.

By: Carla & Arlene (January 23, 2002)

Click below for the activities to complete this badge & have fun!

  1. Leader's Guide for Earth Connections Badge
  2. Scavenger Hunt for Woodruff Nature Trail
  3. Plant/Tree Identification & Guide for Woodruff Nature Trail

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