Girl Scout Takes Charge to Help Bluebirds

Katie wearing Girl Scout sash and holding a bluebird house.

Katie has always been passionate about the outdoors, but was never really a bird-watcher. That changed when she embarked on her Girl Scout Gold Award project last year. For the project, she organized volunteers to build houses for bluebirds, who are often crowded out of their natural habitat by house sparrows. Katie’s project marked the […]

Gold Award Project Builds Rain Garden Awareness

Michelle and volunteers stand behind completed rain garden.

Last summer, Girl Scout Michelle Smeaton built a 300-square-foot rain garden in Brooklyn Park. She installed it on public land because she wanted to educate her community about rain gardens and preventing water pollution. Located adjacent to a parking lot in River Park near the Mississippi River, the garden takes rainwater runoff from the parking lot and hard […]