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The Greatest Show on EarthIndian Nations Council

Near the road, look for two rocks, one on top of the other."

STATION 5 -"Within 5 paces of this spot there is an insect's home. Find it and write down the name of the insect." (Could be an anthill, beehive, wasps nest, etc) "Go southeast until you come to a seesaw. Look under one of the seats."

STATION 6 -"Ten paces due east of this spot is an animal track.  What is the animal?" (If there is no real animal track, use plaster cast of a cat's track) "Go due east until you come to a weedy patch. Look along it edge."

Return to station one and turn in your scorecard.

Have judges ready at Station 1 to check scorecards and post each den's ranking. Give an inexpensive prize such as a pennant for the winning den's den flag.

Exploring Fields And Lots

Just beyond the door is a world of living things. A field, a vacant lot or even a small grassy spot is home to many kinds of plants and animals. Even the smallest field or lot has many kinds of animals and plants. How do these plants and animals live and survive in their surroundings? Have your boys become 'explorers and scientists'. Spend a meeting or two finding what is out there.


We all know that Alaska's climate is different from Florida's. But few of us realize that one small grassy lot has a number of different climates. For example, the south slope of a hill gets more sunshine than the slope that faces north. An open area gets more sunshine and is windier than a sheltered spot. Because water is being given off from the soil, the air right above the ground is usually damper than the air near your face.

These little climates help to explain why certain animals and plants live in one spot rather than another. For example, centipedes, slugs, worms, moss and mushrooms need dampness. They are close to the ground. They need shade and avoid the sunlight by living under plants, rocks, and rotting trees. Many spiders, ladybugs, dandelions and ragweed live higher up. You'll find them among the stems of grasses and other plants. They do very well in sunny or windy spots.

PROJECT:Finding temperatures in different climates.

YOU WILL NEED:An outdoor thermometer.

Find a bare place in a field. Lay the thermometer on it, making sure the bulb is touching the soil. Leave it there for a minute or two. Now find the temperature of the air at knee level. Compare the two temperatures. There may be a 10 - 20 degree difference. Repeat this exercise under a tree or in damp places, on different sides of a hill or a tree. What did you discover happens?

Pollution And Litter

Testing For Polluted Air

Ozone and other gases in polluted air destroy rubber. Find out how good the air is where you live.

Materials you will need:

6 - 8 rubber bands (all same size)

A coat hanger

A glass jar with a lid

A magnifying glass

1.Bend the coat hanger as shown in the drawing. You want it to hold the rubber bands straight without stretching them.

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