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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. COC-NR.06.019.12-EagleScoutGardenProject 
June 19, 2012
 
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Boy Scouts Volunteer to Help Campus Community Garden Grow
The College of the Canyons Valencia campus’ brand new Community Garden area continues to take shape, thanks to the recent efforts of West Ranch High School student Brad Johnston and his fellow scouts from Boy Scout Troop 228 in Santa Clarita.
 
Earlier this month, Johnston, 14, was responsible for organizing a daylong community service project at the Valencia campus, which resulted in the construction and installation of 22 wooden planter boxes in the college’s Community Garden area, located on the south end of campus on the corner across from Aliso Lab and Towsley Hall.
 
As a requirement of Johnston’s bid to become an Eagle Scout, the service project was designed to benefit both the college and surrounding community, while at the same time providing Johnston and his fellow scouts an opportunity to learn, develop and demonstrate their leadership skills.
 
With the help and coordination of more than 30 volunteers -- who spent the day carrying, sawing, hammering and assembling the boxes -- and several members of the college’s Facilities department, Johnston and his team were able to successfully reach their goal.
 
“I had a good time working on this project, and was lucky to have so many people come out to help me,” said Johnston. “I learned a lot about leadership, and I’m glad I could help the college.” 
 
Now that the planter boxes and surrounding irrigation system have been installed, future upgrades for the Community Garden area include a wood-chip ground covering, the presence of fruit trees and compost bins and construction of a deck area that can be used for hosting gardening lectures.
 
About Gardens of the Canyons
Providing a place where students, staff and community members can come for inspiration, education and enjoyment through the study of nature, the Gardens of the Canyons is a collection of 21 gardens and natural areas which combine to form one of the college’s most significant scholastic and aesthetic resources.
 
Fourteen gardens are located at the Valencia campus, and seven are at the Canyon Country campus. At both campuses the gardens are interconnected to form a meandering fitness walk, with signs, maps and trail markers posted along the route. The gardens also serve as outdoor classrooms and laboratories for both students and community members, helping to foster innovation and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of conservation and sustainability.
 
Since its creation in late 2010, the Gardens of the Canyons project has enhanced the quality of life on both COC campuses, while establishing the college’s gardens as a destination to visit in the Santa Clarita Valley.
 
For more information, visit www.gardensofthecanyons.com.
 
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