Webelos Forester Activity Badge Worksheets


Play On Names

Match each statement on the left to the appropriate tree on the right.
  1. _____ This tree comes in twos
  2. _____This tree is nearest the sea.
  3. _____ This tree is a romantic evening for 2.
  4. _____ This tree keeps you warm
  5. _____ This tree was an Egyptian plague
  6. _____ The tree we offer when we shake hands
  7. _____ This tree is used in kissing
  8. _____ This tree is always crying
  9. _____ This tree is a Colorado ski slope
  1. Date
  2. Aspen
  3. Locust
  4. Pear
  5. Tulip
  6. Beech
  7. Weeping willow
  8. Palm
  9. Fir

What Wood Would You Use?

Match the products to the appropriate tree on the right.
  1. _____ baseball bats, tool handles
  2. _____ furniture, lumber, barrels
  3. _____ paper, soft lumber (derby cars)
  4. _____ gunstocks, cabinets
  5. _____ bowling alley lanes
  6. _____ lumber for outdoor decks
  1. redwood
  2. black walnut
  3. pines
  4. maples
  5. ashes
  6. oaks

Useful Wood Products from Trees

Write the letter of the wood product on the right, next to the correct tree variety on the left.
  1. _____ Cedar
  2. _____ Redwood
  3. _____ Long Leaf Pine
  4. _____ Pecan, Oak, Ash
  5. _____ White Pine
  6. _____ Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine
  1. pulpwood for paper, lumber
  2. lumber, turpentine, tar
  3. lumber, telephone poles
  4. shingles
  5. furniture
  6. weather-resistant lumber

Lumber Production in the United States

Circle the correct answer in each set of braces {}.
  1. The major { softwoods OR hardwoods } are Douglas fir and Southern pines.
  2. Production of lumber in the United States is { 15% OR 85% } from softwoods, { 15% OR 85% } from hardwoods.


Leaf Scavenger Hunt

Give yourself one point for each item found.
  1. _____ Leaves can have teeth (jagged edges)
  2. _____ Leaves can have lobes ("fingers")
  3. _____ Leaves can have palmate vein patterns (spreading from single base point)
  4. _____ Leaves can have pinnate vein patterns (spreading out from central vein)
  5. _____ Leaves can have parallel vein patterns (long veins parallel to each other)
  6. _____ Leaves can grow in opposite arrangements (two leaves start out from same point)
  7. _____ Leaves can grow in alternate arrangements (leaves are not at same point on branch)
  8. _____ Leaves can grow in whorled arrangements (leaves are grouped at points)
  9. _____ Leaves can have simple leaves (one leaf)
  10. _____ Leaves can have compound leaves (many leaves on a stem)
  11. _____ Leaves can be evergreen
  12. _____ Leaves can be deciduous

Forest Fun

Fill in the blanks with the name of the tree the statement reminds you of.
  1. ______ A person who is old.
  2. ______ Something that stretches
  3. ______ A bright color
  4. ______ A nut
  5. ______ Small insect
  6. ______ Another name for cleaning up
  7. ______ OK spelled with an A in the middle
  8. ______ A present for a teacher
  9. ______ The most "knotty" wood
  10. ______ The sound a slap makes
  11. ______ Fire leftovers
  12. ______ A city in west Texas

Forest Plants Useful to Wildlife

Match the forest plants to their best uses.
  1. _____ Wild flowers
  2. _____ Wild berries
  3. _____ Grasses, mosses<
  4. _____ Hollow trees
  5. _____ Chestnut trees
  6. _____ Pine trees
  1. shelter, homes for small animals
  2. food for birds, animals
  3. nectar for bees to make honey
  4. food for deer, other animals
  5. nesting for red-cockaded woodpecker
  6. food for wild turkeys


Junior Forest Ranger Quiz

  1. Campfire permits are required for: (a) indoor fireplaces     (b) outdoor areas, depending on local laws, or     (c) lighting Halloween pumpkins.
  2. The safest way to start a campfire is with: (a) a pile of leaves     (b) gasoline, or     (c) small pieces of kindling wood.
  3. The best place to ask where forest campfires can be built is:     (a) sheriff's office     (b) sporting goods store, or     (c) ranger or fire warden stations.
  4. When staying overnight in the forest, before going to bed you should:     (a) place heavy logs on the fire     (b) put out your campfire, or     (c) arrange to get up every 2 hours to check the fire.
  5. To cook properly over a campfire, you should:     (a) cook over the flames of a large fire (b) build a small fire and cook over the embers, or     (c) burn a lot of paper to make the fire hot.
  6. The best way to put out a campfire is:     (a) spread out the embers and cool with dirt or water     (b) cover it with rocks, or     (c) let it alone and it will burn itself out.
  7. The best spot for a campfire is:     (a) inside a rotten log or stump     (b) under a green tree, or (c) in a cleared open space away from trees.
  8. For camping or burning trash, the following is the most important and practical tool to carry in a car:     (a) shovel     (b) bucket of water, or     (c) wet blanket.
  9. If a fire gets out of hand, you should:     (a) get your parents and run to your car and drive away (b) report it immediately to a forest ranger, or     (c) get other Junior Forest Rangers to fight it.
  10. If your clothes happen to catch on fire, you should:     (a) keep calm, do not run - roll a blanket around you to smother the flames     (b) run for help, or     (c) jump up and down real fast.
  11. Camp matches should be:     (a) kept in a metal container     (b) stored near outboard motor fuel, or     (c) placed in the hot sun.
  12. A person who is careless and starts a forest fire:     (a) is made honorary fire chief     (b) receives a fire prevention award, or     (c) can be fined and sent to jail.
  13. Well-managed forests give us:     (a) Smokey Bear     (b) wood, water, wildlife grass and outdoor fun, or     (c) just lumber, paper and walnuts.
  14. A match or cigarette thrown from a car window:     (a) is permissible if no one is looking     (b) is permissible if it looks like it has gone out, or     (c) is never safe.
  15. Before lighting an open fire:     (a) people should leave the neighborhood     (b) local fire laws should be checked and obeyed, or     (c) drink three glasses of water.

Forest Layers

Put the appropriate words into the blanks in the paragraph below -   litter       trees       ground cover       shrubs
There are several layers to most forests. The most evident are the __________ that fill most of our vision. Then lower are thebushy ____________ followed by the fallen leaves and mossy __________ ___________ covering the forest soil. Sometimes a fourth layer, ___________, is added by careless humans who don't clean up after themselves.


Diary of a Tree

Read the tree diary below and complete the tree rings the way you think they would look based on the tree's thoughts.
Year 1- (this one is done already) I am one year old today! Happy Birthday to me! I am as thin as a reed and I bend easily in the wind.
Year 2 - Today I turned 2! It's been a tough year. There are a lot of big trees all around me and I have a hard time seeing the sun. I wish they would sit down or something.
Year 3 - Three years old! Yipee! Still kind of crowded around here. But I do see some sun on my south side every day. We had a very long winter too.
Year 4 - The trees on my east and north side all rotted and fell to the ground. Lots of neat stuff in the soil all around me now. I just love gooey stuff.
Year 5 - I'm a big boy now! This has been a fun year. Lots of rain and sun. I'm not crowded any more and soon I will be a big tree too.
Year 6 - Happy Birthday to Me! It's been a hot year. I'm so thirsty.
Year 7 - I would like a cup of water for my birthday.
Year 8 - It's not so fun being a big tree. I wish it would rain. It's so hot!
Year 9 - It's great to be a tree! Lots of sun and rain. I've had the best year of my life! Must have been that new rain dance I learned that did the trick.
Year 10 - Another great year! And guess what? I'm 10 years old! YIPPPEEEE!

Parts of a Tree

Each layer of a tree cookie (cross-section) can tell us something about the tree's life and the climate in which it grew. Write the correct parts of the trees in the appropriate blanks.
    cambium     growth ring     heartwood
    outer bark     phloem     xylem

Item 1 is called the ____________. It is a layer or zone of cells, just one cell thick, inside the inner bark. This produces both the xylem and phloem cells. This is where diameter growth occurs, and where rings and inner bark are formed.
Item 2 is the ____________ or inner bark. It carries sugar made in the leaves or needles down to the trunk and roots, where it becomes the food the tree needs for growth.
Item 3 is the ____________ or sapwood. It carries the sap up from the roots to the leaves. Sapwood gives a tree its strength.
Item 4 is a ________________. The lighter portion is called the "early wood" (because it grows in the spring), and the darker portion the "late wood" (which grows in the summer). Together, they represent one year of growth.
Item 5 is the ____________. This develops as a tree gets older. It used to be sapwood, and gives the trunk support and stiffness. It is often darker than sapwood, since its water-carrying tubes get clogged up. This tree has not developed this yet.
Item 6 is the ________________. This layer protects a tree from insects and disease, excessive heat and cold, and other injuries.

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