"Scout Pollinator Challenge": Monarch Waystations & Pollinator Gardens: NC Arboretum & Troop 91
Troop 91 Scouts and Students at the Franklin School of Innovation have been working with The North Carolina Arboretum and Monarch Rescue to help pollinators. Over 180 students and 25 faculty members worked over 340 hours to prepare the site and install the Monarch Butterfly Waystation at the Franklin School of Innovation in Enka, N.C. The project is the first of 4 schools that was funded through a grant from ThermoFisher. The Franklin School will use the garden and a pollinator meadow as part of their hands-on science curriculum. Through another program pollinator gardens will also be installed at the the county Public Library locations.
Scout (while earning their Fish and Wildlife Merit Badge) and students also participated in 2 projects to make "seed bombs" to create pollinator meadow habitats. The "seed bombs" are made from native wildflower seeds and compost, wrapped in clay. The Scout leading this project also helped over 450 visitors to the NC Arboretum make these at a public education event, Monarch Day.
After these demonstration projects, the Scout began the "Scout Pollinator Garden Challenge" , which is part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. Boy and Girl Scouts who want to participate please see links below.
Over 900 participants contributed over 400 man hours for the initial demonstration project and phase. Multiple education and conservation projects are ongoing.