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Girl Scouts volunteer for Earth Day event at Cheatham Lake

 

Written by Leon Roberts
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District

U.S. Army Corps of EngineersAshland City, TN – Local Girl Scouts joined park rangers at Cheatham Lake today for Earth Day activities, and their volunteer work contributed toward earning a Community Service badge.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Park Rangers discussed topics such as what is Earth Day, importance of planting native species plants, bird habitats, wetlands, and water safety.

These Girl Scouts from Troop 390 plant native plants and grasses April 28, 2018 that will become an Ecological Landscape Exhibit for visitors to Cheatham Lake in Ashland City, Tenn. (UTrey Church)

These Girl Scouts from Troop 390 plant native plants and grasses April 28, 2018 that will become an Ecological Landscape Exhibit for visitors to Cheatham Lake in Ashland City, Tenn. (UTrey Church)

The Girl Scouts then supported the Adopt-A-Trail program at the TSU trail on Cheatham Lake. To earn their Community Service badge, the Scouts planted many native plants and grasses that will become an Ecological Landscape Exhibit for other visitors to enjoy and draw attention to the area.

“Earth Day is a great way to get kids outside and to become involved in community service. Events like this teach kids about the importance of working together and protecting our environment, and that service can be both rewarding and also fun,” said Park Ranger Trey Church.

During the day the Troop planted flowers and warm season grasses, painted signs, installed bird houses, and also painted birdhouses to take home.

Girl Scouts from Troop 390 pose after planting native plants and grasses April 28, 2018 that will become an Ecological Landscape Exhibit for visitors to Cheatham Lake in Ashland City, Tennessee.

Girl Scouts from Troop 390 pose after planting native plants and grasses April 28, 2018 that will become an Ecological Landscape Exhibit for visitors to Cheatham Lake in Ashland City, Tennessee.

“The kids loved painting their birdhouses and helping beautify the trail entrance. We were blessed with beautiful weather and a chance to work together,” said Troop Leader Angela Moore.

Corps officials thanked the Girl Scouts for their volunteer service. Church added that community events such as Earth Day are essential to preserving public lands and spreading the Corps’ stewardship messages to local communities.

The Cheatham Lake Park Ranger staff looks forward to having the troop back out again soon. All of their hard work was much appreciated, and as a reward the girls earned a free night of camping!


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