Eagle Projects

Eagle projects are a great way for youth to learn about the opportunities for improving a natural setting while exercising leadership-executive skills and making a real difference over a period of time.

To date, eleven Eagle Projects have been completed at the Don Greene Nature Park by three area BSA troops, accounting for more than 500 hours of volunteer time:

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Ross Selvaggi of Troop 55 was the first scout to complete his Eagle Project at the Don Greene Nature Park, when the park was just three months old. Ross, his family and school friends planted 20 American Beautyberry in a dappled light area of the park with well-drained soil. His project has flourished since then, with most of the plants producing huge clusters of bright purple berries each September.

Jonathan Riley of Troop 55 worked on both his Hornaday Badge conservation award and his Eagle Project by introducing twenty native palmettos to the park to enrich a wetland area. He also established nectar plants for butterflies and hummingbirds. Evidence of his work is in the rear center of the park, and on the park’s east side.

Reed Huffmyer of Troop 55 created two ponds near a source of water in the park to attract dragonflies. These ephemeral pools attract frogs, tadpoles, dragonflies, possum and birds and allows for continued learning about aquatic ecology. Reed also earned the Hornaday Badge for his work.

Chris Hellinger of Troop 55 learned how to lay stone without mortar and, with the help of friends, created a stone facing around the street’s culvert, providing an attractive park entrance, a flowerbed and a habitat for lizards


Jackson Douglas of Troop 55 built and installed three boxes for Eastern Screech Owls, one box of which has been occupied by nesting owls for at least two years


Bobby Hlavinka of Troop 55 planted milkweed in the park to attract Monarch Butterflies.

Drake Le of Troop 55 conducted a comprehensive tree survey with the help of volunteers, forming a one-acre transect, then counting and identifying each tree in each quad of the transect. His survey counted 373 trees of 27 species in the Don Greene Nature Park.


Danny Gilbane of Troop 55 covered invasive bamboo ground cover and transplanted wood fern from an old homestead to the area.

Alex Lewis of Troop 1806 prepared and planted two sites in the park with locally collected wildflower seeds, adding to the pollination diversity in the Don Greene Nature Park.

Andrew Zlotnick of Troop 806 collected sedge and grass seeds locally, prepared an area near the park entrance, and planted a variety of shade-loving sedges and grasses which have restored a once dry and parched section of the park. Andrew also created an information brochure about the Don Greene Nature Park, distributing it in the park’s neighborhood.

Toni Akintoye of Troop 55 designed and installed a stake-and-rope system to mark off protected areas of the park.

Ross Selvaggi’s project

Jonathan Riley’s project

Reed Huffmyer’s project

Chris Hellinger’s project

Jackson Douglas’s project

Bobby Hlavinka’s project

Drake Le’s project

Danny Gilbane’s project

Alex Lewis’s project

Andrew Zlotnick’s project

Toni Akintoye’s project