Girl Scouts get their hands dirty at Briggs Animal Adoption Center! Prior to planting day, the National Humane Education Society maintenance department staff created a planting plan, augured the holes, and delivered all of the trees and planting materials to each hole.
A local girl scout troop participated in this environmental service project to receive their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Planting day was beautiful on Saturday, April 28—the sun was shining and the temperature was mild. A total of 17 volunteers, including 8 girl scouts, participated on planting day.
After snacking on donuts and coffee, the volunteers attended a tree planting demonstration provided by Jeff Iliff from Cacapon Institute. The entire planting took about 90 minutes to complete. This is the fifth CommuniTree planting hosted by the National Humane Education Society at the Briggs Animal Adoption Center. A full list of their plantings can be found here. The maintenance department will monitor the trees and has pledged to keep them watered during the summer.
Eight species of shade trees, including several oaks species, sycamores, katsuratrees, and weeping willows, were planted this spring. This brings the total numbers of trees planted on site since spring 2016 to 98! According to the project leader, Hilary Legge, the National Humane Education Society “looks forward to continuing to have a friendly and productive relationship with CTree.” As one of Cacapon Institute’s best returning applicants, we couldn’t agree more!
“It was refreshing to have so many young, enthusiastic girl scouts participating this time around. It really gave the event a fresh energy. Plus, it is always nice to get outside and know that you are doing good for the environment.”
— Hilary Leggee, Project Leader