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Scout Troop 162 Rain Garden Clean-Up Day - June 1st, 2024

On June 1st, Scout Troop 162 from Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Stillwater kicked off their rain garden clean-up for the year. Under the guidance of Ruth Alliband, Rain Garden Workgroup Leader, the scouts tackled their tasks with enthusiasm and new skills.

Will, Owen, and Amy
Will, Owen, and Amy

With last year's dead stalks already cleared by the Washington Conservation District's crew, the scouts faced a fresh set of challenges. Four Senior Scouts, including three future Eagle Scouts, took on various tasks. Owen and Will expertly thinned out New England aster plants, ensuring the remaining plants would not suffer from drought stress. Leo became proficient in identifying and managing weeds, tackling penny cress, sow thistle, and black medic.

Leo with uprooted Sow Thistle
Leo with uprooted Sow Thistle

Owen and Will also removed invasive reed canary grasses without needing a reminder, showing their proactive approach. Leading the team was Charlie, who kept everyone focused and extended their efforts to ensure all three gardens were in top shape.

By the end of the day, the rain gardens looked pristine, a testament to Troop 162's hard work and dedication. The scouts' efforts reflect their commitment to environmental stewardship and community service, qualities that will serve them well in their upcoming Eagle Scout projects.

Sustainable Stillwater MN and the Rain Garden Workgroup encourage community participation in future events to help maintain and enhance our beautiful rain gardens. Contact Ruth Alliband at if you are interested. Together, we can make a positive impact on our environment.

Thank you, Scout Troop 162, for your dedication and hard work!

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