Eno River Guardian Badge

Who can be an Eno River Guardian? You can!

Your scout troop, youth group, club, homeschool coalition, or other gathering of 6-18 year-olds can complete these activties to earn their Eno River Guaridan badge. Please email education@enoriver.org to let us know when you begin, how many kids are participating, and the contact information for the adult in charge. When you finish, email us and let us know what activities you completed. If you would like to purchase the badge to wear on your uniform or backpack, we can send you ordering information.

IMG_0064While earning this patch, scouts will learn about the Eno River and the Eno River State Park and the mission and history of the Eno River Association. In their exploration of the river and State Park they will see come to realize the value of protecting such wild places and will be inspired to take action of their own.

Girl Scout Guidelines: Based on the grid, complete the number of activities for your level. Other scouts/groups can choose the level according to their age/grade: Daisy (ages 5–6), Brownies (ages 6–8), Junior (ages 8–11), Cadette (ages 11–14), and Senior (ages 14–17).

DAISY 1 1 1 0 3
BROWNIE 1 1 1 1 4
JUNIOR 1 1 1 2 5
CADETTE 1 1 1 3 6
SENIOR 1 1 1 4 7
AMBASSADOR 1 1 1 4 7

*Starred requirements must be completed by each level.


  1. * Visit the Eno River State Park at Few’s Ford Access and take a hike. Take along a journal and record the things you see and learn about on your hike. This journal will be where you document all of your learning and experiences while earning this patch.  Stop by the park office and pick up a park map. On your own or with your troop, have a scavenger hunt to find at least 7 of the following things and answer the questions about them. (You can ask a park ranger to point you in the direction of where to find the answers.)
  • the Piper-Cox house. Why is it called the Piper-Cox house?
  • Few’s ford. What is a ford? Why were they so important in the past?
  • a sign about the Few family. Who is your favorite famous Few and why?
  • a natural spring. What is a spring?
  • a sign about invasive species. What invasive species are in the park?
  • a sign about macro invertebrates. What is a macro invertebrate?
  • a suspension bridge. How high did the river get after Hurricane Fran in 1996?
  • a log cabin. Who used to live in it?
  • old mill machinery. Why were mills built beside rivers?
  • the Eno River! How did it get it’s name?
  1. What is a watershed? What is a river basin? Go to enoriver.org and click on what we protect, select Maps, then look at the Eno River Basin -Protected Lands Map. Find out where the Eno starts and where it ends. Can you find where you live on the map? Does the rain that falls in your yard drain to the Eno? If not, what river basin do you live in? (Hint: You can find out by going to eenorthcarolina.org selecting RESOURCES then RIVER BASIN PROGRAM then clicking on the NC’s River Basins Interactive Map.)
  1. What types of habitats did you see while on your hike? Did you see or hear any animals or signs of animals? What plants and trees did you see? Go to www.ncparks.gov and select the Eno River State Park. Click on Ecology. You can find a checklist there of all of the known plants and animals that live in the park. Pick three of your favorites (plants or animals or a combination) and document the following about each one in your journal:

-its common and scientific name
-a picture of the plant or animal (either one you took or drew yourself or one you printed out)
-some interesting facts about it
-the reason you picked it

  1. What is a bioindicator? How do Eno River Association volunteers use animals to tell if the river is healthy? Which species of animals can be found in a healthy river? Which species of animals are you more likely to find in a polluted river?


  1. * Go to the Eno River Association’s website at www.enoriver.org and click on who we are then select history. Why was it formed and when? How did the founders convince people that preserving the river in its natural state is what should happen? What do you think would have happened if the river had been dammed and the land around it developed? What would have been lost? Why do you think it is important to protect our streams, creeks, ponds, lakes and rivers? What are some of the threats to the Eno River today?
  2. Go to the Eno River Association’s website at www.enoriver.org and click on what we protect then select cultural history. Who are some of the people who have lived along the river in the past? Pick one group or family and learn about them and record what your learned in your journal. How did your group use the river? List at least three interesting things you learned.
  1. What is an invasive species? How do they spread? Why are they a problem? Name one you can find in the park. What effect is it having on the ecosystem?
  1. What do you think is the main source of water pollution for the Eno? What is non-point source pollution? (Go to water.epa.gov. Select Pollution Prevention & Control, then Polluted Runoff,) Make a list of things you can do to help keep the Eno clean and pledge to do as many as you can.


  1. *1. Participate in one of the river clean-up or stewardship work days sponsored by the Eno River Association. Visit enoriver.org to find a workday on the calendar or email education@enoriver.org to find out more.

  2. Volunteer with the Eno River Association at the Festival for the Eno in July or another event like Creek Week in March or an Earth Day celebration in April.
  1. Share your journal with your friends, family and your troop. Your troop could host a celebration to educate others about how to protect the Eno!
  1. Participate in a citizen science project. You can find a list of projects to choose from here.

This patch was created as a Bronze project by the Juniors of Orange County Girl Scout Troop 1010.