Cub Scout Pack 327 got an up close view on the importance native plants during an educational event held by the Garden Club of the Halifax Country at Vadner Park on March 18.
Vadner Park, an all-native pocket park at 105 Seminole Ave., opened one year ago thanks to a partnership with the GCHC and the city of Ormond Beach. The GCH has always aimed to promote an interest in conservation and education through civic involvement, according to a statement, and with the park now open, the members could begin the next phase of its outreach: education.
"The Vadner Park committee of the GCHC decided to host a learning day at the park for elementary students," the statement said. "After reading about Cub Scout Pack 327 in the Observer taking part in education activities at [Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University], this group seemed just the right audience for the first Vadner event."
Pack leader Laurence Namdar and Vadner Park Education Chair Linda Armour then discussed how the scouts would earn belt loops in conservation, horticulture and gardening during their visit to the park.
On the day of the event, Scouts learned about native plants, toured the park and used the QR coded signs to connect to more information and observed the natural setting. They also participated in a nature scavenger hunt and planted seeds to grow the Florida native wildflower, the coreopsis daisy.