Scouts are encouraged and required to participate in Conservation focused activities, but what options are out there? How do we get started on a Conservation project? We have gathered some resources to help you be successful and have fun doing it!
Conservation: Caring for the land
What is conservation? Conservation is keeping nature healthy!
More specifically, we define it as wise use of natural resources ensuring that balanced consideration is also given to human needs.
How can you help? You can help provide and repair healthy habitats for wildlife and for us, as well as future generations to enjoy. Think of it as enough natural places, for all, forever.
Community Conservation Activities
If you are looking for something to do as a unit or just as a family, these are local events that you could attend!
On April 21 celebrate Earth Day. Plant a tree, dig a garden, or find a way to improve local habitats.
Since 1978, May has been Arbor Month in Minnesota. The warmer weather allows newly planted trees to get off to a great start!
On June 3, National Trails Day with the American Hiking Society will have events across 7 states. Join up with a local chapter, affiliate or partner for a hike, trail town celebration or work day.
National Public Lands Day is the largest, single-day service effort for public lands. Since 2012, more than 850 volunteers have removed invasive species, planted pollinator gardens, and protected newly planted trees for over 4,000 service hours to date.
Public lands day is celebrated annually at public lands in the United States on a Saturday in late September.
Conservation Service Projects
Why Should we Do Conservation Projects?
For over 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The purpose of the conservation project is to develop and implement plans that protect, conserve and enhance natural resources within a social and economic prospective (Natural Resource Conservation Service).
They also help Scouts bring the Scout Oath and Law alive by being thrifty with resources and kind to animals.
Conservation Project Examples
You may choose to participate in a conservation service project with your family and friends, Den, Pack, Troop or Crew. Always be sure to discuss the activity with your unit leader AND the land owner. Be sure to comply with the Guide to Safe Scouting and Youth Protection guidelines. Below are examples of great conservation service projects:
- Plant shrubs to provide food and cover for wildlife
- Build and set out bird and squirrel nesting boxes
- Conduct stream improvement projects to prevent erosion
- Plant grasses and legumes to provide ground cover
- Help thin and prune woodlands in a managed tree improvement project
- With a local forester, take part in or conduct a forest fire prevention program
- Make an exhibit on conservation for a county fair
- Develop a nature trail in a public park
- Assist a local forest in a tree insect and disease control project
- participate in a wildlife or wildfowl count
Local organizations to partner with
Council Camp Service Projects
If you are wanting to do a Conservation Service Project at one of our Council camp properties - you MUST contact the camp ranger directly to discuss possibilities.