Investiture Achievement/Ranger/Nature Study

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Ranger/Nature Study



Requirement 1a

Read two articles from science that relate to the laws of nature.



The easiest way to do this is to search the internet for science articles. Here are several that cover the broad topic of laws of nature to get you started.

Requirement 1b

Review the story of the Ten Commandments.



This requirement calls for reviewing the story, not just the 10 Commandments themselves.

Start by reviewing the story in Exodus 19-24

You can read Ellen White's version of the story of the Ten Commandments in Chapter 27 of The Story of Patriarchs and Prophets online free, by finding the book in your church or school library or by just buying it from Amazon.

Another option is to watch the story in epic movie form - The Ten Commandments (1956)

Requirement 1c

Perform three experiments, which demonstrate the natural laws of God (e.g. law of gravity, law of magnetism).






God created the universe and set the world in motion, and He set up the system with physical laws of nature.

Natural law, or the law of nature (Latin: lex naturalis), is a system of law that is purportedly determined by nature, and thus universal. The distinction between natural law in the political-legal sense and law of nature or physical law in the scientific sense is a modern one, both concepts being equally derived from physis, the Greek word (translated into Latin as natura) for nature.

A physical law or scientific law is, according to the Oxford English dictionary, "a theoretical principle deduced from particular facts, applicable to a defined group or class of phenomena, and expressible by the statement that a particular phenomenon always occurs if certain conditions be present." Physical laws are typically conclusions based on repeated scientific experiments and observations over many years and which have become accepted universally within the scientific community. The production of a summary description of our environment in the form of such laws is a fundamental aim of science.

Several general properties of physical laws (laws of nature) have been identified. Physical laws are:

  • True, at least within their regime of validity. By definition, there have never been repeatable contradicting observations.
  • Universal. They appear to apply everywhere in the universe.
  • Simple. They are typically expressed in terms of a single mathematical equation.
  • Absolute. Nothing in the universe appears to affect them.
  • Stable. Unchanged since first discovered (although they may have been shown to be approximations of more accurate laws.)
  • Omnipotent. Everything in the universe apparently must comply with them (according to observations).
  • Generally conservative of quantity.
  • Often expressions of existing homogeneities (symmetries) of space and time.
  • Typically theoretically reversible in time (if non-quantum), although time itself is irreversible.

Physical laws are distinguished from scientific theories by their simplicity. Scientific theories are generally more complex than laws; they have many component parts, and are more likely to be changed as the body of available experimental data and analysis develops. This is because a physical law is a summary observation of strictly empirical matters, whereas a theory is a model that accounts for the observation, explains it, relates it to other observations, and makes testable predictions based upon it. Simply stated, while a law notes that something happens, a theory explains why and how something happens.

Enough of the theory - on to the FUN!

YouTube is your friend here as you can watch and replicate rather than just read about what to do. Some interesting and easy options:

SpanglerScienceTV has over 180 accessible Science Experiments including:

Requirement 2

Lichens/Shells

  • Make an “eternal garden.”


OR

  • Collect and identify 15 different shells and tell where they may be found.


Option 1: This requirement tracks requirement 6 of the Lichens, Liverworts & Mosses Honor which says "Make a moss garden (small terrarium) or "eternal garden" using at least three different kinds of mosses and lichens."

A terrarium may be constructed from any clear container of nearly any size, from baby food jars to storage tubs.

Start by putting down a layer of gravel, rocks, vermiculite or Perlite. Then place a layer of soil on top of this. Place the plants atop the soil and add a few rocks for interest. Water once, but do not overwater. Put the lid on and place the container in a place where it can receive indirect sunlight. If algae begins to grow on the container walls, move to a more shady location. You should not need to open the lid for months, as the terrarium will develop its own climate, and all the moisture remains in the container.

Option 2: The collection of 15 shells goes a long way toward meeting the practical requirements of the Shells Honor.

Shells Honor Requirement 10 states: "Make a collection of 20 different shells, classify them, and tell where each is found and when it came into your possession."

You can collect shells on beaches or buy them at craft stores. If buying them, it is cheaper to buy a variety pack rather than getting them individually. Once you have 20 different types of shells, you can begin the process of identifying them. For this you will need a field guide such as one of these:

You may be able to find a field guide at your local library too. You can also search for shell photos on the internet to make the identification.

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Requirement 3

Complete Ranger requirements



You must complete the requirements listed above this one on the current page.

Requirement 4

Insects/Wild Flowers

  • Collect or obtain and mount 15 species of insects representing at least 6 different orders.


OR

  • Draw, photograph or collect pictures of 20 kinds of wild flowers and identify correctly.



Option 1: Requirement 1a of the Insects Honor provides more detail on this option. It says:

a. Mount a collection of 20 species of insects representing at least six different orders. (no moths or butterflies and no carelessly mounted or broken specimens will be acceptable.)

(1) Place under each specimen a label showing the locality where caught, the date caught, and the collector's name. Labels should not be larger than 1/4 x 3/4 inches (6 mm x 20 mm).

(2) Identify insects with common names and genus or species level on second labels to be mounted below the first.

(3) Arrange all specimens neatly in an insect box according to orders and families. Orders should be pinned to the box rather than attached to the individual insect pins.

Additional assistance can be found in the answers to the Insects Honor.

Option 2: Making an image collection of wildflowers is easy with a camera. When out hiking or camping take photos of all the flowers you see. Once you have at least 20 different photos, compare them to a good wildflower field guide. This will put you on the path to earn the Flowers Honor.

An even easier way is to "collect" pictures on the internet, but you would really miss out on seeing and touching the live flowers in the wild and are less likely to learn anything as you really don't have to search out what the flower is.

Requirement 5

Complete a nature honor, not previously earned. (Skill level 2 or 3)



This might be a good opportunity to tackle one of the Honors which the Pathfinder partially completes elsewhere in this section.

  • The Flowers Honor is Skill Level 2
  • The Shells Honor is Skill Level 2
  • The Lichens, Liverworts & Mosses is a Skill Level 3
  • While building an insect collection is an option above, the Insects Honor, is a Skill Level 1 and therefore does not meet this requirement. Extend your collection to 50 specimens and earn the Insects - Advanced honor which does meet this requirement.

Here is a complete list of Nature honors at skill levels 2 and 3:


Honor Patch Category Approval Skill
Level
Year Stage
Alternative Fuels
Alternative Fuels.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2014 100% developed
Alternative Fuels - Advanced
Alternative Fuels Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2014 100% developed
Amphibians - Advanced
Amphibians Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 2001 100% developed
Animal Camouflage - Advanced
Animal Camouflage Advanced.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 2 2015 100% developed
Animal Tracking - Advanced
Animal Tracking Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2001 100% developed
Antelopes - Advanced
Antelopes Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2001 100% developed
Bacteria
Bacteria Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 2 2012 100% developed
Bats - Advanced
Bats Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2004 100% developed
Birds - Advanced
Birds Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1949 100% developed
Bogs & Fens
Bogs and Fens Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2014 100% developed
Bogs & Fens - Advanced
Bogs and Fens Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 2014 100% developed
Bryophytes
Bryophytes Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 2 2012 0% developed
Bubbles
Bubbles Honor.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 2 2015 100% developed
Bubbles
Bubbles Honor.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 2 2015 100% developed
Cacti - Advanced
Cacti Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1999 100% developed
Camelids
Camels Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 2 2012 100% developed
Cats - Advanced
Cats Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2001 100% developed
Cetaceans
Cetaceans Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2001 100% developed
Crustaceans
Crustaceans Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 2 2012 100% developed
Cytology
Cytology Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 2 2012 0% developed
Dog Care and Training
Dog Care and Training.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1976 100% developed
Dunes
Dunes.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2013 100% developed
Dunes - Advanced
Dunes Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 2013 100% developed
Echinoderms
Echinoderms.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 2 2012 0% developed
Ecology
Ecology Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1972 100% developed
Ecology - Advanced
Ecology Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1972 100% developed
Edible Wild Plants
Edible Wild Plants Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1970 100% developed
Endangered Species
Endangered Species.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2005 100% developed
Environmental Conservation
Environmental Conservation Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1973 100% developed
Ferns
Ferns Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1944 100% developed
Fishes
Fishes Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1945 100% developed
Fishkeeping
Fishkeeping Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 3 2012 0% developed
Flowers
Flowers Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1928 100% developed
Flowers - Advanced
Flowers Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1949 100% developed
Fossils
Fossils Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1944 100% developed
Fungi
Fungi Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1937 100% developed
Geology - Advanced
Geology Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1975 100% developed
Grasses
Grasses Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1945 100% developed
House Plants
House Plants Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1976 100% developed
Insects - Advanced
Insects Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1949 100% developed
Lichens
Lichens Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 2 2012 0% developed
Lichens, Liverworts & Mosses
Lichens Liverworts and Mosses Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1961 100% developed
Livestock
Livestock Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1945 100% developed
Mammals - Advanced
Mammals Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1949 100% developed
Maple Sugar - Advanced
Maple Sugar Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1989 100% developed
Marine Algae
Marine Algae Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1961 100% developed
Marine Invertebrates
Marine Invertebrates Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1956 100% developed
Marine Mammals
Marine Mammals Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1991 100% developed
Marsupials
Marsupials Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2001 100% developed
Marsupials & Monotremes
Marsupials Honor.png
Nature SPD tiny.png 2 100% developed
Meteorites
Meteorites.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2014 100% developed
Microscopic Life
Microscopic Life Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1994 100% developed
Moths & Butterflies
Moths and Butterflies Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1933 100% developed
Odonates
Odonates Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2011 100% developed
Odonates - Advanced
Odonates Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2011 100% developed
Orchids - Advanced
Orchids Advanced.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 2 2012 0% developed
Palm Trees
Palm Trees Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2001 100% developed
Parrots and Cockatoos
Parrots and Cockatoos Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2001 100% developed
Plant Physiology
Plant Physiology Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 2 2012 0% developed
Porifera and Cnidaria
Porifera and Cnidarians Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 2 2012 100% developed
Poultry
Poultry Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1928 100% developed
Protozoa
Protozoa Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 3 2012 0% developed
Raptors - Advanced
Raptors Advanced.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 3 2015 50% developed
Recycling - Advanced
Recycling - Advanced Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 2 2012 0% developed
Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2014 100% developed
Reptiles - Advanced
Reptiles Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 2001 100% developed
Rivers and Streams
Rivers and Streams Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2011 100% developed
Rivers and Streams - Advanced
Rivers and Streams Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2012 100% developed
Rocks & Minerals
Rocks and Minerals Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1937 100% developed
Rocks & Minerals - Advanced
Rocks and Minerals Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1949 100% developed
Seeds - Advanced
Seeds Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1961 100% developed
Shells
Shells Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1938 100% developed
Shells - Advanced
Shells Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1949 100% developed
Shrubs - Advanced
Shrubs - Advanced Honor.png
Nature SAD tiny.png 2 2012 50% developed
Small Mammal Pets
Small Mammal Pets Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1997 100% developed
Spiders
Spiders Honor.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1928 100% developed
Stars - Advanced
Stars Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1949 100% developed
Taiga - Advanced
Taiga Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2014 100% developed
Trees - Advanced
Trees Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 3 1949 100% developed
Water Science - Advanced
Water Science Advanced.png
Nature NAD tiny.png 2 2015 100% developed
Weather - Advanced
Weather Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 1949 100% developed
Worms - Advanced
Worms Advanced.png
Nature GC tiny.png 2 2006 100% developed