The Elk exhibit at the Menominee Park Zoo looks better than ever, thanks to Eagle Scout Jacob Cutts. The elk exhibit opened to the public in 2007 and houses a herd of 5 elk. Jacob’s service project improves the elk exhibit by creating pods of native plants, shrubs and grasses. In late June, Cutts and his crew of scout volunteers installed the pods and barriers to protect the young plants from the curious herd. The elk ate one tree and Cutts changed his plans to avoid more damage.
Cutts’s project began in May and he worked closely with Assistant Parks Director, Chad Dallman, to plan and implement the project. He also met with the Oshkosh Zoological Society (OZS) to obtain feedback. His project was supported by generosity from Stuart’s, Cloverleaf Landscaping, Thrivent,as well as the City Parks Department and the Oshkosh Zoo Society.
This is the second scout project to improve the zoo this year. In May, Emily Scherer, installed interactive signs to educate the public about the wolves, elk, and otter a part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project.
Scout service projects are welcomed at the zoo by the Oshkosh Parks Department and the Oshkosh Zoo Society (OZS), a nonprofit friends group of the zoo. If you are seeking a service project please contact Chad Dallman (CDallman@ci.oshkosh.wi.us) or Memuna Khan, Vice President of the OZS, firstname.lastname@example.org.