Andrew Shill (at left) works hard on his Eagle Scout project at the Georgeson Botanical Garden June 22.
15-year-old Andrew Shill has long enjoyed visiting the Georgeson Botanical Garden with his family so when it came time to select a community service project on the way to becoming an Eagle Scout it was a natural to turn to GBG.
With the help of friends and family he is building a courtyard above the main garden area. The work consisted of planning the project, leveling a semicircle, placing fabric and gravel, and assembling two benches to put in the area.
In the center will be a sundial that tells the day, month, year and season by the shadows.
"My idea for the Eagle project was something outdoors," Andrew said."It's nice."
The son of Annie and James Shill, Andrew is homeschooled. He is at the Life Scout level and if his project is approved, he will become an Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts. Andrew wanted to thank donors: Home Depot, Polar Supply Fairbanks, Brice Inc., Brown's Hill Quarry, Luther Brice and the Georgeson Botanical Garden.
The garden is a program of the UAF School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences.
Proud parents Annie and James Shill pause with Andrew during the work party.