Merit Badge Workshops

Workshops & Dates for 2023

Registration for each workshop opens the month prior to the workshop date.
Once completed, please send all prerequisites to maryo@dunwoodynature.org for review.

All workshops take place IN PERSON at the Dunwoody Nature Center: 5343 Roberts Dr, Dunwoody GA 30338

Environmental Science (for scouts 13 years & older)

Next Workshop January 14, 2023 and July 15, 2023

Study a range of environmental science topics and issues including: The importance of bees to pollination, defining ecosystems, oil spill clean up techniques, field study comparison of different ecosystems, and more.

Bird Study

Next Workshop February 25, 2023

All about birds! Learn how to use binoculars, practice bird identification, listen for bird calls, make a bird feeder, and more.

Nature Study

Next Workshop April 8, 2023 

The Nature merit badge covers a little bit about a lot of nature subjects including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and plants. Discover why different kinds of animals and plants are important to each other and to us.

Soil & Water Conservation

Next Workshop May 27, 2023

Investigate the importance of soil and water for plants, animals and humans alike. Participate in a conservation project, perform an experiment on how water flows through soil types, observe soil and water conservation practices at DNC, and more.

Sustainability (for scouts 13 years & older)

Next Workshop June 24, 2023

Scouts will do a good turn for the Earth as they learn what they can do to live more sustainably. The Scout undertakes projects to understand the big picture regarding topics such as water, food, energy, and transportation, as well as waste reduction, species decline, and world population. This class will be taught by leaders who are certified Merit Badge counselors. 

This Merit Badge requires a significant amount of work after the workshop date. Scouts will be required to attend a follow up meeting to show their completed work to the counselor. 

Reptiles & Amphibians

Next Workshop August 26, 2023

Reptiles and amphibians aren’t as gross and scary as you may think! Learn how to ID different reptiles, distinguish between venomous & nonvenomous, debunk common myths about snakes & frogs, and more.

Insect Study

Next Workshop September 16, 2023 

During the workshop, observe insects in their natural habitats, including a live bee hive! Identify what makes certain insects helpful and others harmful to humans, why insects are important in the food chain, and more. Outside of the workshop, observe an insect transform from larva to adult during metamorphosis.

Forestry

Next Workshop October 7, 2023 

Practice tree identification in the field, learn ways to best manage forest resources, hear from a local forester about careers in forestry*, hike along DNC’s trails to identify tree hazards, and more. *subject to availability of volunteers

The Dunwoody Nature Center’s Merit Badge workshops have been designed for the scout to be able to earn their badge by the end of the session. This will require completion of pre-requisite assignments. Satisfactory completion of the activities during the workshop will be verified with an interview between the scout and merit badge counselor at the end of the workshop. Scouts are encouraged and should read the official Merit Badge pamphlet prior to the workshop. All materials necessary for the day will be provided by the Nature Center. 

Registration for each workshop opens the month prior to the workshop date. 

All workshops are $25 per scout, except Environmental Science is $30. 

Any questions? Please call 770-394-3322 or email maryo@dunwoodynature.org.