State College High School Aquaponics Tour

Cadette Troop 40421 recently took a tour of the State College High School aquaponics lab! Aquaponics is a food production system that couples aquaculture (raising aquatic animals like fish in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) whereby the nutrient-rich aquaculture water is fed to hydroponically grown plants! Cadettes were able to meet the fish used in the system as well as do some planting!

Special thanks to senior Stella G. for taking the time to teach the Cadettes about this awesome system and given them a wonderful tour of the high school lab!

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Summer at the Butterfly Garden

Are you looking for a take action project for your troop this summer? Or do you just like to garden? Or maybe your daughter likes to play with plants and you have a black thumb…

State College Girl Scouts maintains a plot in the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden in Tudek Park. This plot provides a space for girls (and adults) to try their hand at gardening under the helpful guidance of PSU Master Gardeners. By the end of the summer girls are able to tell the difference between mint, milkweed, beebalm, crown vetch, and more.

On April 14, Brownies from Troop 40170 started all the annual seeds at the butterfly garden greenhouse. As the weather improves, we will be announcing planting dates and building a maintenance schedule.

Any troops interested in participating in the spring planting should contact Troop 40170.

Snetsinger Butterfly Garden – Summer Work Schedule

Christine and Megan will be leading work sessions at the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden on Wednesday’s from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and on Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Come out to learn about the plants and the animals the habitat supports and help us to maintain this beautiful resource. Girls of all levels are welcome to come out and work on a variety of badges or journeys, to earn community service hours, or just to learn about the plants and pollinators they support. We encourage anyone planning to come to a work session to sign-up so that we can notify you of any scheduling changes or special needs for that day. If you are interested in helping out, but neither Wednesday’s or Saturdays work with your schedule, please contact us and we can work something out. There is plenty to be done at the garden and even 10 minutes just to pull a couple of weeds can make a big difference. No experience is needed – just a willingness to get dirty. Sign up for a work session here.