Local Girl Scout troop blaze a trail at VCU Rice Rivers Center
December 17, 2019
Late summer, six scouts from a local Girl Scout troop partnered with VCU Center for Environmental Studies Masters student and VCU Outdoor Adventure Program’s (OAP) Katie Schmidt to build a trail through the forest at VCU Rice Rivers Center. The trail connected the Inger Rice Lodge to the newly-restored cabin.
Schmidt taught the scouts low impact and sustainable trail building techniques as well as proper usage of a variety of tools. Together, they worked to create a smooth trail surface, install low retaining walls from fallen wood, and create features to allow water to move over the trail. While working on the trail, Schmidt also helped the scouts learn how to identify trees and fauna that are native to the property. The scouts are working this winter to make tree identification signs for installation along the trail. After providing the final touch by mulching the finished trail, the group participated in the Girl Scout Silver Award Ceremony, presented to Cadette scouts who are dedicated to working on a project to improve the community.
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