LACKAWAXEN - Watershed Specialist Vinnie Cordorva and Resource Conservationist Marianna Quartararo worked with The Girl Scout Heart of Pennsylvania Troop #52727 from Shohola on May 28 to spruce up the Senior Center Rain Garden located at the Lackawaxen Fire Department.
   The garden is located at the corner of Lieutenant Corporal Jacob Beisel Road and Route 590 in Lackawaxen.
      The Scouts worked with the District’s Watershed Specialist over several meetings in April and May to learn more about rain gardens and their use. They spruced up the garden clearing leaves, planting more native plants and weeding and mulching already blooming native plants springing up. Their work on the rain garden earned them their Girl Scout Bronze Award. The Bronze Award is a leadership adventure and the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve.
      The rain garden was planted by Lackawaxen Seniors in 2012 in coordination with the Conservation District and the Lackawaxen Township Supervisors. Native plants for the garden were chosen for their tolerance to a short growing season, hot and cold temperatures, road salt, drought and flooding. Plants also needed to be somewhat deer resistant, a height that doesn’t interfere with visibility when exiting the parking lot, beneficial traits for local wildlife such as birds and butterflies, and of course be beautiful to look at throughout the growing season.
     For more information on how to plant your own rain garden contact the Pike County Conservation District at 570-226-8220 for more information.
Girl Scout Heart of Pennsylvania Troop 52727, under the guidance of Lena Wilson, Troop Leader and Michael Gordon, Adult Volunteer, has worked with the Conservation District since summer 2013 on the project.