The Eden Prairie Boy Scout Troop 695 worked to repair the Central Middle School nature trail on April 16 as part of an Eagle Scout project.
Using mulch donated by the city and other materials donated by Home Depot and Costco, the troop pulled weeds, raked leaves, built a culvert and removed fallen trees on the trail.
“We had great weather and a great team of helpers, including about 28 people including Scouts and their parents,” said Leonard Pesheck, father of Connor Pesheck, scout leader of the project.
Connor Pesheck, 15, came up with the idea after finding the trail in rough shape. Often included in projects for science class, the trail is used by many middle school students.
“It’s cool to come out and do these projects,” said eighth-grader Joe Pesheck. “I like working outside, and it’s fun to be with the other scouts.”
Seventh-grader Alex Colaianni said he likes the opportunities available through the Boy Scouts.
“When else are you going to be able to see a military base and other things we wouldn’t otherwise get to do,” he said.
According to Leonard Pesheck, the scouts are responsible for many other projects around the city.
“Some boys made a retaining wall at a church for their service project. Another Scout put blinds up at a senior home, and some Scouts built a life-size eagle’s nest at the nature center at Staring Lake,” he said.
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