In honor of Earth Day, this week (April 20 – 24, 2020) Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is helping Cadettes earn their Trees badge at home. For Step One, we designed a treehouse. In Step Two, we dug into the amazing science of trees. We made a creative project starring trees for Step Three. We explored the connection between people and trees for Step Four. For the last part, Step Five, we are going to learn how to help trees thrive.
You can take action by planting a tree or helping to tend to an existing tree in a yard or park (make sure to ask permission and practice social distancing). Several organizations allow you to apply for a free tree to plant. However, since most have received a high volume of applications this year, free trees are hard to come by. Check with the National Wildlife Federation in August 2020 when applications may reopen. You can also do a web search for local tree programs in your area. If you get your hands on a tree to plant, make sure you research how best to plant and care for it. Arborday.org has lots of free guides and resources available. If you can’t find a tree to plant, watch our video to learn how to care for an existing tree.
We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.