32 Girl Scouts just returned from an incredible trip to Costa Rica , where Girl Scouts were able to help preserve the coast line through a mangrove tree farm service project.
- Step 1: Cleared a trail through the rain forest using shovels, rakes, and machetes
- Step 2: Identify and set out on a boat ride to collect mangrove propagules.
- Step 3: Plant propagules in recycled water bottles
- Step 4: Transplant previously planted propagules along the Costa Rican coastlines by clearing space, driving pipes into the ground, digging holes, and planting
“This trip will be forever engrained on all of us and personally speaking has been a life enriching journey that will always be cherished! My favorite parts of the trip were the hard hours of service and how rewarding it all was to see the results.” – Michelle S
When they weren’t working there was plenty of time for fun as well. They went zip lining and kayaking, hiked to a waterfall, relaxed in some volcanic hot springs, made their own chocolate, and toured a coffee plantation.
They also had the chance to explore Costa Rican culture through dance—meeting up first with local high schoolers who taught them four traditional dances, including salsa and swing cuillo, and then attending a professional folklore evening—partaking in traditional food, dance, and music.
“The trip was an amazing experience, I made so many important memories and great friendships and was able to really immerse myself in
another culture.” – Katie K