Good For Nature - 2021

For the past century, the Boy Scouts of America has been at the forefront of teaching people young and old about the wonders of the natural world and how to be good stewards of the resources provided to us.  The breadth of BSA programs to help youth and adult members understand ecology and conservation is considerable.

Our Good For Nature initiative will provide opportunities for Scouts to engage in projects that benefit our environment and the community.  These projects may also be  opportunities to support merit badge requirements in conservation.


Arbor Day Weekend Tree Planting

Through a collaborative partnership with Monroe County Parks we plan to plant 3,200 tree seedlings (updated from an initial estimate of 1,500) in four different Monroe County Parks and New York DEC. Scouts will participate in a kickoff celebration on Friday, April 30th at 11:00 am at Seneca Park to launch the Tree Planting project.  The seedling plantings will take place on Saturday, May 1st at Seneca Park, Ellison Park, Powder Mills Park, and Mendon Ponds Park. Training and proper planting instruction will be provided onsite. (Scouts/units may need to their own equipment such as shovels, spades, etc.)

Community Garden Initiative

The Council a is teaming up with Seneca Park Zoo Society to create community gardens in urban neighborhoods in the City of Rochester. The community gardens will be a source of beautification, pride and engagement for the neighborhoods, as well as a way to bring nature to traditionally underserved populations. We will be using the Zoo’s pollinator seed program, which includes a variety of native flowering and non-flowering plants that attracts over 500 native insect species of insects and birds, including butterflies and bees. Help us by identifying vacant neighborhood lots that could use a beautiful garden that your unit can “adopt” and continue to maintain.

Environmental education and a trip to the Zoo are also offered opportunities as part of the program.