Native wildflower project will help monarch butterflies, beautify the town
By Sarah Leshay
Twelve Tewksbury Girl Scouts recently earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can earn. To earn the award, Girl Scouts must complete the prerequisite Journey and Take Action Project, before researching, planning and carrying out a 20-hour project around a community need.
Girl Scouts from Troop #82083 worked together to educate the community about the importance of native wildflowers. Native wildflowers not only make the community a more beautiful place, but also help strengthen the local ecosystem. Through teamwork, they tried several different recipes for making seed bombs, until they found the one that kept its shape the best. They made hundreds of the seed bombs and distributed them to visitors at the Community Market so people could plant the seeds all around town.
The native wildflower project was completed by Allie Carr, Aylah Smith, Camryn DeAngelis, Ellie Kaplan, Isis Figueroa, Maggie Yost, Olivia Ullrich, Taylor Rich, and Zoe Mengata.
Complementing this project, Addison Campbell from Troop #82083 and Anna Leshay from Troop #82424 worked together to educate the community about the importance of monarch butterflies and monarch gardens. They worked with John Ryan of Monarch Ranch and Bob Baden from the GROW Program at Tewksbury State Hospital to learn about milkweed and monarchs, before planting a monarch garden at Camp Runels in Pelham, NH. They then shared what they learned at the Community Market so additional gardens could be planted around Tewksbury.
The final project was completed by Addison Hickey from Troop #82424. Her project focused on the important role of bees as pollinators and how we can help provide a nesting habitat for solitary bees and wasps by building bee hotels. Addison built an example bee hotel — complete with bee friendly paint! — to share with the visitors to the Community Market.
Congratulations to all on a job well done!