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Garden welcomes butterflies - Teens transform park area for conservation project

  • Subject: [cg] Garden welcomes butterflies - Teens transform park area for conservation project
  • From: Don Boekelheide <dboekelheide@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 07:13:52 -0700 (PDT)

Pittsburg Post-Gazette
Sunday, October 17, 2004

Garden welcomes butterflies

Teens transform park area for conservation project

 By Kathleen Ganster

 It was a different kind of garden party when three
ninth-grade girls gathered Sept. 25 in a Cranberry

 As part of the national Girls for Planet Earth
program, Christina Cowan, Janelle Hestin and Brittany
Jakim spent the day planting a perennial butterfly
garden in North Boundary Park.

 "It was kind of rough," Hestin said of planting the
estimated 30-foot by 80-foot garden, "but we had
volunteers helping."

 The girls, known as the Garden of Wings team, made up
one of 13 teams in the nation sponsored by the
Wildlife Conservation Society.

The girls raised $600 for supplies and were able to
obtain donations from local businesses and
organizations as well.

Lorry Cowan and the girls worked with Cranberry
officials to choose an area to plant.

"We wanted to keep it in our own community and the
township gave us the plot in North Boundary Park,"
Lorry Cowan said.

 The garden was planned to be a "naturalized" garden,
basically maintaining itself, except for the grass
walkways, which township grounds crews will mow.

 Although the main planting has been finished, the
girls will continue to add plants and other ornaments
for the next few weeks. In April, they will submit a
final report and memory book to the Wildlife
Conservation Society.

 As part of the program, the three girls and Lorry
Cowan went to New York City in August to participate
in the 2004 Girls for Planet Earth Summit. The summit
was held at the Bronx Zoo, home to the conservation
society's headquarters. 40 girls from 10 states
attended the summit. 
For more information on Girls for Planet Earth
Program, visit www.girlsforplanetearth.net. More
information on the Wildlife Conservation Society may
be found at www.wcs.org.

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