Manicuring The Road To Science


If the winding road on the ride up to the Science Museum of Long Island seems wider and well-manicured, you can thank Troop 71 Eagle Scout candidate Ryan Watson. Helping to save significant landscaping costs and beautify the property, Watson’s service project benefited SMLI, a state-chartered not-for-profit science activity center located on the Leeds Pond Preserve.

An Eagle Project is an opportunity for a Boy Scout applying for Scouting’s highest honor to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a service for the benefit of his community. For his service project, Watson obtained all the necessary plan approvals, raised the funds and recruited and organized the labor and equipment for the project, which involved cutting and clearing away over 500 feet of dense, heavy and tall weeds and other overgrown vegetation lining the side of the road to restore the intended natural landscaping of this entrance route. This is just one of many Eagle Projects that have benefited the community in Troop 71’s almost 95-year history.

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