Scouts earn citizenship badge by volunteering at arboretum

Troop 100 Boy Scouts Casen Uyehara (from left), Noah Kalehuawehe, Bennett Takahama, Lawrence Nakoa and Kaumaka Roback recently earned their “Citizenship in the Community” badge by volunteering in the D.T. Fleming Arboretum. One of the projects was transplanting 200 halapepe seedlings from arboretum seed to be given free to the public during Arbor Month in November.

Five Boy Scouts from Troop 100 recently earned their “Citizenship in the Community” badge at the D.T. Fleming Arboretum within the Puu Mahoe cinder cone of Ulupalakua. The Scouts camped overnight for two weekends in March and April to work the eight hours each required for their badge. Projects included hauling prunings, weeding guinea grass and transplanting and fertilizing plants in the nursery.

The Fleming Arboretum offers camping for community groups in a 17-acre, 5-star campground within Ulupalakua Ranch in exchange for a morning of maintenance and progress projects. The arboretum works to preserve South Maui’s native plants and restore native forests through propagation and distribution while receiving varied individuals of existing species for genetic diversity and strong seed resource.

Visit or email info@flemingarboretum to learn more about the arboretum’s volunteer programs involving the community as partners in conservation.