Walk Patch Requirements
With your den, pack or family, visit the Natural History Museum of Utah. Start on Level 5 and work your way down to complete 10 of the following requirements to earn this patch. Patches may be purchased at the local Scout Shop.
Native Voices Gallery
1. Look for stories of urban Indians on the north wall of the gallery. Ceceilia Tso is a Navajo educator who lives in Salt Lake City and works at the University of Utah. How many different tribes does she say are represented in urban areas along the Wasatch Front?
2. We usually see lightning in the sky, but can you find its “petrified” remains in this gallery? What is the scientific name of the fused glass tubes created by lightning strikes?
3. All living organisms are made up of one or more cells. Using the interactive plant and animal cells, name one part that is similar and one that is different between the two cells.
4. Using one of the dioramas that depict five of Utah’s ecosystems, create a food chain with at least four organisms.
5. Visit the sand dune interactive. Describe what happens when you change the direction of the wind.
6. Try your hand at building an earthquake proof structure at the Earthquake Table. Did your structure stand up to the test? If not, redesign and try again.
First Peoples Gallery
7. Visit the Median Village excavation site and explore the artifacts and photos on the rail around it. Why is mapping a site so important to archaeological work?
8. Making pottery in prehistoric Utah required skill and knowledge. Find a case that explains the process of making pottery. What was one technique potters used to decorate their work?
9. The north arm of the Great Salt Lake is separated from the south arm by a causeway built in 1959. What extremophile thrives in the ultra-salty water of the north arm in such numbers that they can turn the water pink?
10. Investigate the wetlands exhibit and describe what you observe when you pull the lever in the ‘Filter Flow’ interactive. How do wetlands help to clean the water?
Past Worlds Gallery
11. Find the four video screens behind the giant long-necked Barosaurus. Listen to the paleontologists’ different ideas about why there are so many fossils buried together at the Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur quarry in eastern Utah. Which hypothesis is most convincing to you and why?
12. Visit the skeleton of a single dinosaur under glass in the floor. Find the fossilized dinosaur skin imprint you can touch on the wall nearby. You’ve just connected with the largest dinosaur that lived in Utah in the Late Cretaceous period about 76 million years ago. What is its name?
Earth Lab and Paleontology Lab
13. Visit the Earth Lab and locate the mineral drawers. Gently take out a few of the Utah-specific mineral drawers. Describe your favorite mineral and explain why it’s your favorite.
14. When dinosaur bones are found in the field, they are removed from the matrix and transported back to the Museum wrapped in a plaster jacket. What do these jackets remind you of?
Visit www.nhmu.utah.edu to plan your visit!
Open Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Located at 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City