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Earn the Endangered Species Patch Online with NOAA Resources

April 09, 2020

NOAA Fisheries partners with Girl Scouts to conserve endangered species through patch program.


With many school districts closed, students and teachers are looking for ways to learn at home. One option is for Girl Scouts, who can learn about endangered species while earning their Endangered Species patch. They can now earn the patch virtually—no need to leave the house! 

Cadette-, Senior-, and Ambassador-level Girl Scouts from any state can earn this patch by completing a five-step process. They must explore, investigate, create, experience, and present information about plants and animals protected under the Endangered Species Act. Since its launch in May 2019, 168 Girl Scouts have completed these patches.

Below are a few suggestions about how to complete the patch using NOAA resources:

     1. Learn about endangered and threatened species and the Endangered Species Act. Read how NOAA and the Fish and Wildlife Service use the ESA process to save species

     2. Investigate two endangered species: locally, regionally, or globally. View our endangered species list and learn about two in your city, town, state, or country.

     3. Make a creative project inspired by endangered species. Participate in the Endangered Species Art Contest sponsored by the Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries Office (this is now a virtual contest!) or color a salmon mural.

     4. Virtually visit a local environmental organization in your area. Dive into an amazing NOAA National Marine Sanctuary site online or watch NOAA Fisheries staff in action on the water, in the lab, and in the office.

     5. Present what you learned about endangered species. Blog about it, tweet about it, and share your endangered species fun facts through NOAA Fisheries social media channels.

Education plays an important role in meeting NOAA’s mission of science, service, and stewardship. We welcome Girl Scouts as part of our next generation of conservationists.

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on April 09, 2020