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Boy Scouts – Eagle Scout Projects

Boy Scouts build their leadership skills at the Arboretum

Eagle Scout Projects allow scouts to develop lifelong skills

Restoring Steps on the Herrick Memorial Trail

Putting the steps in place

Completing the Herrick Memorial Trail Steps

Scout projects bring families, friends, & communities together

Scout projects focus on habitat improvements and improving visitor experiences

Building a Leopold Bench

This simple bench style was championed by Aldo Leopold.  It is designed for easy bird-watching.  You can sit “backwards” with your arms resting on the bench back and hold a pair of binoculars steady for long periods of time.

Leopold bench in action

Scout projects bring the best out in families

Community sponsors provide financial support for scout projects

Working on the Children's Garden Tunnel

Friends and family members help in many ways

Building a kiosk for the Native Prairie Restoration area

The Arboretum staff plays a major role in supporting scout projects

Scout projects can be life changing

Recognition for the Arboretum's support of scouting

The Iowa Arboretum has been the home for many scout projects.

Thank you to the scouts, their families, and friends for improving the Arboretum.

Jadyn restored the top half of the Herrick Memorial Trail Steps as part of his Eagle Scout Project.

“Leading my Eagle Scout Project was a great experience that has changed my life for the better.  I am proud to have been able to volunteer at the Iowa Arboretum and make it a better place.”


Josh built the tunnel structure for the Children’s Garden.

” I have learned so many different skills throughout my Eagle Scout Project and it definitely brought me out of my comfort zone. It is one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life, and the skills I have developed during the project will stay with me for the rest of my life.”



Eagle Scout Projects have been generous supported by: 

Modern Woodmen Chapters of Boone County, Lowe’s, Boone County Sportsmen’s Club and the Employees of Vision Bank.