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Troop 74404 of Greeley heads to the Poudre learning Center for Earth Day

Submitted by Penny Wesanko

Northern & Northeastern CO

Greeley

Girl Scouts from Troop 74404 attended a fun Earth Day event at the Poudre Learning Center on Saturday, April 24, 2021. They learned about how important soil is to our earth and how pollution affects it. They also checked out the river water and then participated in nest building. After their morning of learning how to protect our earth, they spent the afternoon picking up trash around the nature area and lake.

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.

Happy Earth Day 2021

Submitted Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Sage (Brownie) and Willow (Daisy) from Pagosa Springs celebrated Earth Day by doing one of the best community service activities for our great planet, picking up trash.

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.

Happy Earth Day and Girl Scout Leaders Day

We can’t think of a better combination or a better reason to celebrate than Girl Scout Leaders Day AND Earth Day falling on the same day!

Girl Scout volunteers are known for their love of the outdoors and their environmental stewardship. You are bold, tenacious, dedicated, caring, resourceful, resilient, strong, and downright amazing. We see you out there making the world a better place! That’s why on this Girl Scout Leaders Day, we invite you to join us in honor of Earth Day in a bold tree-planting initiative.

Girl Scouts is joining forces with the Elliott Wildlife Values Project and American Forests. We’re setting out to plant, protect, and honor 5 million trees across the country in five years. Not only is that great for wildlife, it’ll also help ease the effects of climate change. That’s BIG!

For the fourth year, Girl Scouts of Colorado has made a donation to the Restoring Colorado’s Forest Fund to plant thousands of trees in areas scarred by wildfires. This annual gift has been our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our amazing volunteers for the work you do guiding girls as they grow through Girl Scouts.

This year, we’re more excited than ever because our gift of trees is perfectly timed to kick off the national Girl Scout Tree Promise. You have already planted seeds for the future with your Girl Scouts; now, gather your girls, inspire your community, do your part to protect and preserve the planet – ready, set, plant!

Join us tonight for a live, virtual kickoff event with Danni Washington!

Get started planting, protecting, and honoring the trees in your community now!

Make Your Tree Promise

Track Your Trees

As a special thank you, GSUSA is offering a 10% discount at the national online shop, use code Volunteer2021 through April 30, 2021.

You are the heart and soul of Girl Scouting, and we’re grateful for all you do. If there’s ever anything we can do to help, any way we can offer support, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re on your team!

Watch a special htank you from all of Girl Scouts of Colorado here!

Celebrate Earth Day with Your Girl Scouts

Earth Day is just around the corner, April 22. Check out just a few of the ways your Girl Scouts can celebrate both in-person and virtually!

Join one of GSCO’s Naturalist Clubs at one of their biweekly meetings! Girls will complete an activity celebrating or preserving the natural world created specifically for them under the guidance and encouragement of Girl Scout staff. They will also receive ideas to continue to spark their creativity and learning in between sessions. Girls can choose to attend all sessions in April or pick a few to attend. Sign up once, and you’re ready to go for the season.

Schedule for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors:

  • April 14: Naturally Slow Fashion: Tips for being a Green Fashionista
  • April 28: All About Flowers

Register now!

Schedule for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors:

  • April 1: City Farming and Urban Agriculture
  • April 15: Eco-Friendly Yards
  • April 29: Flower Hour: Beauty and Impact

Register now!

Join Girl Scouts of the USA for a virtual Earth Day celebration that just might change the world! The Plant the Future with the Girl Scout Tree Promise event featuring Danni Washington on April 22 will give girls an opportunity to learn about the power of trees to keep our communities healthy and strong. Sign up today! Learn more about the Girl Scout Tree Promise here.

Participate in Girl Scouts of the USA’s Citizen Scientist service project and help scientists collect data for their studies and experiments. Learn more here!

Use Girl Scouts of the USA’s Badge Explorer to find a badge to earn or Journey to complete that’s related to the environment. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

  • Daisy Eco Learner
  • Brownie Household Elf- Learn some new household habits to help your family save energy, save water, and save the planet! GSCO Media Star Zoe explains in this video how Girl Scout Brownies can even earn their Household Elf badge. For more fun activities to earn this badge, watch this video by the GSCO Outreach team.
  • Junior Gardener- This series on the GSCO Blog by our Outreach team helps Juniors complete Step Five of their Gardener Badge, which is to grow their own garden.
  • Cadette Trees – Check out this series on the GSCO Blog by members of our Outreach team to help Cadettes find out all about trees: from the shade to the science, the fruit to the forest, and the legends to the lumber.
  • Senior Eco Explorer
  • Ambassador Eco Advocate

Make seed bombs. This fun project can be done with mostly recycled materials. Learn how in this video by GSCO Media Star Myla from Arvada or in this video GSCO Media Star Bianca from Denver.

Make Fairy Bells. Learn how in this video by GSCO Media Star Lizzy from Littleton.

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.

Cadette Trees Badge: Part Four of Five

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is helping Cadettes earn their Trees Badge. 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’re now going to explore the connection between people and trees for Step Four.

We’ll start by doing a little research! With your caregiver’s permission and after taking the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge, go online and pick a topic. You could choose to learn about logging, clear-cutting, or deforestation. Why do humans cut down trees? What are the pros and cons for people? For the trees? Prepare as if you were planning to debate both sides. Get started with these resources:

Or, you could choose to research trees and gardening. What trees work well in gardens and why? Think about your dream garden. What trees would you include? Check out these websites for ideas on how to design a tree garden layout, and get to work designing your own garden:

Here’s our example of a dream tree garden!

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.

 

Celebrate Earth Day with a Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Submitted by Sidney B.

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

I have been a Girl Scout since I was in kindergarten and am currently working towards earning my Gold Award, which is the highest honor you can receive as a Girl Scout. My project is focused on state park waste diversion. However, a huge part of my project is focused on educating the public on the basics of recycling and waste diversion in hopes to inspire and empower future generations to make a difference and share their knowledge with the world! As you may know, April 22 is Earth Day! This is a chance to celebrate our planet and raise our voices for changing our environment for the better.

As a piece of my Gold Award project, I have created a YouTube Channel called Project Greenify to share fun and educational videos for Girl Scouts across Routt Country and Colorado. I have created a series of three different videos along with attached resources. The first is a general overarching introduction to waste diversion and recycling and teaches the basics of environmental stewardship. The second video teaches how to do your very own waste sort at home and learn why our waste matters. The third video is a fun activity called “Birds and Worms” and is designed for Brownies and Daisies.

By watching these videos and completing these activities, Girl Scouts are continuing the legacy of environmental stewardship, using resources wisely, and making the world a better place! In addition, Girl Scouts will be able to work towards earning their “eco” badges. Check out the Girl Scouts Badge Explorer to see what may be of interest to you.

Cadette Trees Badge: Part Two of Five

Earth Day is April 22 and Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is helping Cadettes earn their Trees Badge. For Step One, we designed a treehouse. For Step Two, we want you to dig into the amazing science of trees.

On your next neighborhood walk, see how many different types of trees you can identify. If you have a cellphone or camera, take a picture of four to five different trees. You can also sketch the trees in a notebook or on some scrap paper. Bring your images home and see if you can find out what type of tree each was. Check out this website for help identifying trees: https://www.arborday.org/trees/whattree/  Once you’ve identified your trees, pick your favorite one and make a detailed drawing of all its parts and the creatures that may live there or use it.

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.

Girl Scouting at Home: Earth Day Seed Bombs

This is a fun project that can be done at home with mostly recycled materials.

You will need:

  • Scraps of paper (can be construction paper, copy paper, newspaper, or a combination of all-  the  more colorful the  better)
  • Water
  • Seeds of any kind  (could be flowers or easy to grow vegetables or even grass seed)
  • Silicone molds or cupcake pans

Directions

  1. Tear paper into small pieces and soak in a small bowl for about ten minutes until paper is pretty saturated. One full sheet of paper will make two small bombs.
  2. Remove paper from bowls and squeeze out excess water.
  3. Place paper in a blender or food processer and blend until it forms a pulp.  Remove and again squeeze out extra water.
  4. Push a small amount of the pulp into the mold filling about ½ way. Add a sprinkle of seeds and then fill the mold the rest of the way.  Make sure to pack tightly.
  5. Put in a warm place to dry.  They will usually dry overnight.
  6. You can now pop them out of the mold and give as a gift or plant directly outside where you want them to grow.

You can also make paper the same way by placing the pulp on a piece of wax paper or cookie sheet and allowing to dry flat. This paper can be used as an Earth friendly card that can be planted directly outside.

GSCO Media Stars Myla and Bianca made a “how to” videos for this project. Watch Myla’s video here. Watch Bianca’s video here.

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.

Girl Scouting at Home: Celebrate Earth Day VIRTUALLY

Submitted by Taylar Reilly

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Join Troop 66446 virtually as we clean up our home communities! Leading up to Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, we will be doing an online trash pick-up challenge across Colorado. Let’s make a difference together and see if we can pick up 50,000 pieces of trash across our gorgeous state.

Be sure to practice safe pick-up methods during participation:

  • Tell an adult that you’ll be participating or work with a guardian to participate together.
  • Sign the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge.
  • Follow all safety activity checkpoints.
  • Make sure that you have proper gear: washable or reusable gloves, trash bags, plenty of water, sunscreen, close toe shoes, bug spray, and clothing appropriate for the weather.

Ready to start making a difference? Follow the steps below:

Keep in mind, “virtually” still means NOT getting together as a troop, just going on an afternoon walk and picking up around where you live.

(Activity adopted from GSCTX)

Safety Activity Checkpoints: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/2019_edition_sac7.1.2019_002.pdf

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.

Earth Day clean-up in Kremmling

Submitted by Katie DeBell

Mountain Communities

Kremmling

To celebrate Earth Day, Girl Scout Troop 50292 of Kremmling picked up trash to clean up our town on Sunday, April 28, 2019. We cleaned up at the fairgrounds, Hospital Park, and all around the high school park, skate park, and track areas. The girls competed for largest volumes and weight of trash collected. The winner by weight was Taylah F. and the winner by volume was Suzzen H. Also participating was Paige D., Darcy D., Lillyana W., Sonya W., Shiloh F., Bella L., Abigail W., and Harmoni W. All the girls did an amazing job and collected a lot of trash!

These girls love taking care of their community!

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