June 16, 2015 Scouts from two San Clemente troops have participated in monthly weedings at The Reserve for several years now. This past season they not only weeded The Mother Oak and Sister Oak, they have been pulling invasive weeds in other areas as well. They even adopted another oak tree (which they have named “the Scout Oak”) that had a thick blanket of milk thistles growing beneath it.
The Oak Adoption program engages scouts several ways. Each month while working in the field, the scouts learn about native and non-native plants, they see the fantastic results of their monthly weeding, how it helps the wildlife in the area and they see how their steady hard work makes a huge difference. These environmental lessons enhance their appreciation and knowledge of The Reserves’ surrounding oak woodlands.
Along the way scouts observed animal tracks, birds, insects and wildflowers that populate The Reserve and have gained a better understanding of ecological principles, as well as a hands-on introduction to the Reserve and its mission.
Congratulation Scouts for another great season of helping your local wildlands become healthier and more vibrant and for your dedication and hard work out in the field.