DARTMOUTH — With more than 60 volunteers, Lloyd Center for the Environment held its first butterfly garden and property beautification event April 7.
Volunteers of all ages raked, weeded and pruned the Potomska Road environmental center’s butterfly garden and property. They also moved branches to a burn pile manned by adults.
"A great opportunity for community and family bonding, all tasks were assigned based on age, with family members working together as well as with other volunteers," the center said in a news release.
The center’s youngest volunteer, 20-month-old Rose Mallick, pitched in with her own garden hand rake as she helped her sister Pearl in the garden.
Among the group were 26 volunteers of Pack 15 Cub Scouts from Fall River — 14 scouts and 12 adults. Pack 15 took on the responsibility of creating piles of branches that would later be relocated to a burn area.
Once their tasks were completed the scouts toured the visitor center’s aquarium exhibits of live freshwater and saltwater species of fish and other marine critters and reptiles, as well as the center’s popular touch-tank featuring spider crabs, elusive minnows, sea stars, whelks, hermit crabs, periwinkles and mussels. Not to be missed was the top-floor Osprey Room Observatory featuring views of the Elizabeth Islands and Buzzards Bay.
For a special surprise and thank you to the group, Lloyd Center Outreach Educator Erika Fernandes organized a meeting with Koko, the center’s resident screech owl.
Pack 15 troop leader Rosemary Kosinski said the event was an opportunity for the children to give back to the community and tour the nature center, both needed to earn their latest badge.
"Teamwork was key in accomplishing the goal of the event, making the Lloyd Center’s butterfly garden and property safer and more beautiful for visitors," the center said. "A big thank you to all who were able to take time out of your busy schedules to come and help out."