Riverkeeper hosting special river ecology program for Scouts Aug. 19 at the Shikellamy State Park Marina
The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association is hosting a special Scout Ecology Day on Saturday, August 19, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shikellamy State Park Marina near Sunbury.
The program will begin with a combined community service project of cleaning up trash and litter throughout the park as well as nearby riverbanks and other natural regions. After lunch, Scouts will rotate through seven stations designed to give them a better understanding of the ecology of our river, its tributaries and the species that depend on these resources.
Scouts and units are expected to bring their own lunches. After lunch, Scouts will be broken up into groups and will rotate through the following stations:
Based on the programming, partials will be earned for a variety of different merit badges, including Soil & Water Conservation, Mammal Study, Fish & Wildlife Management, Insect Study, Bird Study, Nature, Reptile & Amphibian Study, Environmental Science and Sustainability.
At the event, Scouts will also receive Leave No Trace instruction as well as the Good Turn Conservation Award. Cub Scouts who participate in the morning service project (with parents present) can earn their Good Turn Project. The Scout Recruitment Area will have activities available for all ages all day, so please bring a friend or two (or more)!
Those who attend are encouraged to bring a packed lunch, plenty of water to drink, sunscreen and appropriate footwear (hiking, trash pickup and in-water exploration) and a change of clothing. Scouts will also need to bring Parts A & B of their medical form.
Spaces are limited for this free event and registration is required. Please fill out the following form to register your Scout or your unit as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about this program, please contact Riverkeeper John Zaktansky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.