On Saturday, April 17th, 2010 my Eagle Scout project took place at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens and Smathers Four Fillies Farm from 9 a.m. until about 2 p.m.. Over 70 volunteers came to participate and help remove invasive species such as the oyster plant. On one of the sites, the island, we used handsaws and shovels to do work and applied fungicide to stumps. However, at the other 3 sites, volunteers hand pulled the invasive species. We planted approximately sixty-four native plants and chose one to commemorate Troop 457’s hard work on an identification plaque.
Everyone had an enjoyable afternoon, especially because there was a feast for lunch. Some scouts even said it was the best lunch at any Eagle Scout project ever. We were able to use the picnic table constructed at the site before it was moved to its permanent spot at Smathers. Fairchild was very happy with the outcome of our environmental work during the week of Earth Day. The day was an absolute success!
I would particularly like to thank Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens for allowing me to have the opportunity to complete my Eagle Scout project at their historic main site and at the Smathers natural preserve that they manage. Sam Wright, Hillary Burgess, and Bob Brennan all contributed their time, energy and expertise to help set up my project and carry it out smoothly.
Thank you, Pirates Patrol, for coming and supporting me the day of my project. Both Scouts and parents acted as team leaders and assistants; they all provided needed extra hands to carry out the project. Thank you, also, Mr. Burg, Eagle Scout Project king of setting-up! Also, a big thank you to the Ziskas who were a huge influence in guiding me from the very beginning of my service project idea to the take down of the site the afternoon of the activity.
17 APR 2010
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Lowland Area
10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL, 33156
Items to bring Include:
Work gloves, rakes, hoes, handtrowels, shovels, hand saws, sunblock
What: Removal of invasive species at multiple sites by hand pulling, hand
shovels, and sawing; herbicide application on stumps; planting of native
species; construction and staining of a picnic table; and dedication of a
native tree for Boy Scout Troop 457’s hard work!
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