by Hannah Ettema
With the help of the Michigan Nature Association, 17-year-old Evan Harris is on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. Currently Evan is a Life Scout and is working to complete the requirements for advancing to the highest rank the Boys Scouts of America bestow.
One requirement is for Evan to demonstrate his ability to organize and lead a service event. As a recommendation from his Scout Master, Evan contacted MNA Regional Stewardship Coordinator Katherine Hollins for project possibilities.
Some of the material Evan helped remove
Over two weekends, Evan’s service project will be to clean up the Looking Glass Nature Sanctuary near Bath. Evan, with the help of friends and fellow scouts, will be removing an old shed and a pile of debris that is interfering with the natural process at the sanctuary.
“Working with MNA has been a really smooth process,” says Evan. After an unsuccessful partnership with another organization in the summer, Evan has been happy working with Katherine and MNA volunteers.
“Katherine walked through the sanctuary with me to figure out what we could do.”
When selecting a project, protecting nature seemed only natural to Evan.
“It’s in the Boy Scouts of America slogan: Leave No Trace (basically not destroying stuff),” he said.
In addition to organizing a service project, Evan has worked to complete a number of merit badges including ones regarding personal fitness, community duty and citizenship.
Evan and the crew work to clean the sanctuary.
Currently a high school senior, Evan would like to pursue music education at Central Michigan University after graduating.
For more information on service projects at MNA and how you can get involved, visit our website at www.michigannature.org.