On Saturday, June 1, the Rochester Pack 40 Cub Scouts constructed a pollinator garden in Rochester Community Park with the help of a grant obtained through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Schoolyard Habitat Program. A total of 44 native pollinator plants were obtained for the garden with the help of the New City Greenhouse. Scouts were given a lesson on plants at the greenhouse and then installed them after constructing a landscape border for the 12 foot by 12 foot garden. The garden is located just off of the multi-use path near the arboretum. These type of plants typically take one or two years to fully mature.
The Cub Scouts will earn their World Conservation Award Badge for participating in the construction or helping with the maintenance of the garden. Earlier in the year, the Cub Scouts petitioned the village to make a change to village code that prohibited the planting of milkweed in the Rochester village limits. Although this change to village code was minor, the Scouts experienced the beauty of government for the people first hand as trustees listened to the petition of citizens and then approved changes to village code to reflect the values of the community.