Lee County resident and North Fort Myers High School graduate Maegan Mikkelson has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Butterfly Aviary Renovation.
Appreciating the environmental benefits of butterflies, Mikkelson couldn’t help but take action when she heard the butterfly aviary at the Calusa Nature Center was in a state of disrepair due to lack of funds and damage from Hurricane Irma. Not only did Mikkelson carefully research and build a sustainable butterfly garden, she implemented a weekly educational program for youth visitors to learn why butterflies are so crucial for natural pest control and pollination.
“I am happy that I have found a passion in something that can benefit others and our local communities through my Girl Scout Gold Award journey,” Mikkelson shared.
The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.