Requirements

Explore the underwater world
Earn the Master Scuba Diver certification

Marine Ecology

  • Earn Specialty Diver ratings in Underwater Naturalist,
  • Fish Identification,
  • Coral Reef Conservation,
  • Buoyancy Control, and
  • Night Diving.

Environmental Science (Boy Scouts may substitute Environmental Science Merit Badge)

  • Define the following terms: population, community, ecosystem, biosphere, symbiosis, niche, habitat, conservation, threatened species, endangered species, extinction, pollution prevention, brownfield, ozone, watershed, air shed, nonpoint source, hybrid vehicle, fuel cell.
  • Do ONE activity in EACH of the following categories: Ecology, Air Pollution, Water Pollution, Land Pollution, Endangered Species, and Pollution Prevention.
    • Ecology
      • Conduct an experiment to find out how living things respond to changes in their environments. Discuss your observations with your Mentor.
      • Conduct an experiment illustrating the greenhouse effect. Keep a journal of your data and observations. Discuss your conclusions with your Mentor.
      • Discuss what an ecosystem is. Tell how it is maintained in nature and how it survives.
    • Air Pollution
      • Perform an experiment to test for particulates that contribute to air pollution. Discuss your findings with your Mentor.
      • Record the trips taken, mileage, and fuel consumption of a family car for seven days, and calculate how many miles per gallon the car gets. Determine whether any trips could have been combined (“chained”) rather than taken out and back. Using the idea of trip chaining, determine how many miles and gallons of gas could have been saved in those seven days.
      • Explain what acid rain is. In your explanation, tell how it affects plants and the environment and the steps society can take to help reduce its effects.
    • Water Pollution
      • Conduct an experiment to show how living things react to thermal pollution. Discuss your observations with your Mentor.
      • Conduct an experiment to identify the methods that could be used to mediate (reduce) the effects of an oil spill on waterfowl. Discuss your results with your Mentor.
      • Describe the impact of a waterborne pollutant on an aquatic community. Write a 100-word report on how that pollutant affected aquatic fife, what the effect was, and whether the effect is linked to bio magnification.
    • Land Pollution
      • Conduct an experiment to illustrate soil erosion by water. Take photographs or make a drawing of the soil before and after your experiment, and make a poster showing your results. Present your poster to your class or other youth organization. 
(2) Perform an experiment to determine the effect of an oil spill on land. Discuss your conclusions with your Mentor.
      • Perform an experiment to determine the effect of an oil spill on land. Discuss your conclusions with your Mentor.
      • Photograph an area affected by erosion. Share your photographs with your Mentor and discuss why the area has eroded and what might be done to help alleviate the erosion.
    • Endangered Species
      • Do research on one endangered species found in your state. Find out what its natural habitat is, why it is endangered, what is being done to preserve it, and how many individual organisms are left in the wild. Prepare a 100-word report about the organism, including a drawing. Present your report to your class or youth organization.
      • Do research on one species that was endangered or threatened but which has now recovered. Find out how the organism recovered, and what its new status is. Write a 100-word report on the species and discuss it with your Mentor.
      • With your parent’s and Mentor’s approval, work with a natural resource professional to identify two projects that have been approved to improve the habitat for a threatened or endangered species in your area. Visit the site of one of these projects and report on what you saw.

Role of Citizen Scientist

  • Prepare a 500 word report on the health of the world coral reefs. Include information on threats to coral health, threats to the marine life health, ocean dumping, and what citizens can do to protect the coral reefs.
  • Prepare a 500 word report on the limnology of fresh water lakes, streams and rivers. Include information on threats to the health marine life and ecosystem, and what citizens can do to protect the fresh water lakes, streams, and rivers.

Underwater Careers

  • Identify seven careers that involve the Marine environment. Discuss the educational requirements for the identified careers and the typical work performed by the Marine professional.
  • Choose three of the identified careers and interview a professional within that field. Discuss projects that the professional participated in that benefited the marine environment. The interviews may be conducted in person or by telephone.

Take action
Participate in Marine Ecology conservation. Document 100 hours of service on one or more marine conservation projects.

Project ideas may include such things as:

  • Conduct a REEF Fish Survey,
  • Conduct a PADI Project AWARE Coral Survey,
  • Participate in an International Ocean Clean-up Day activity,
  • Intern at a Marine Sanctuary where you participate in field projects,
  • Intern at a Marine Conservation organization where you participate in field projects,
  • Organize a fund raising event for a Marine Conservation organization,
  • Develop a presentation on some aspect of the marine environment and deliver your presentation to your class or other youth organization,
  • Help with an event to introduce people to diving.

There are many other activities that would qualify as helping the cause of Marine Conservation. Discuss them with your Mentor. Project shall be documented on The Triton Society web page.

Demonstrate Knowledge
Make a presentation to your class or other youth organization on the Triton Award and how the work you accomplished in earning the award has benefited the marine environment.

Triton Award Application