Emma has been a Girl Scout since 1st grade with Troop 3278 in Tierrasanta. She is now a Cadette. Previously the girls worked on their Bronze Star Award by organizing happy hours for the seniors living at the Nazareth House. For their Silver Star Award, the girls will be working with a local group, the Friends of Tierrasanta Canyons, to improve our local canyons. As you know if you read Emma’s post on her blog about dissecting an owl pellet, our house is right next to Shepard’s Canyon, which is part of Mission Trails Regional Park. The girls will be working with the Friends and our local ranger, Jan, on many improvement projects over the next few years. These projects will include removing non-native species and planting natives, removing trash, painting, trail clean up, and creating content for a kiosk on plants and animals within the park. The girls will work independently and as a group, and will have to each put in 50 hours on the projects to earn the Silver Star. They will document their hours, and we may even set up a blog to record their efforts over the next two years.