Audubon volunteer’s make conservation impact


Greenfield Hill Troop 90 and Kohl’s Cares collaborated on a three-bin compost system for the Connecticut Audubon Society.

As a part of a corporate volunteering initiative, employees from the Fairfield Kohl’s retail store #402 gave their time to help Boy Scout Troop 90 build a three-bin compost system for the Connecticut Audubon Society (CAS). Kohl’s will also donate $500 to CAS to match the employee’s dedication to their local communities.

“Through our Associates in Action volunteer program, we positively impact our local community by volunteering for organizations that benefit families and children.” said Karen Ortabas, store manger for Kohl’s of Fairfield. “Partnering with local agencies to work on projects like the compost system construction at the Connecticut Audubon Society is a wonderful way for us to connect with the community.”

Troop members from Greenfield Hill Troop 90 are no strangers to the CAS. The compost bin is just one of several services projects that the troop has done for the CAS, including building and repairing fences and the construction of several sandboxes. The troop is a multi-level scouting group that focuses on projects that provide something that every scout can do.

According to troop leader Nick Bloch, everyone is an equal member in the Troop and each scout works to the best of his ability. It is a scout run troop with the older boys teaching the younger boys.

The goal of the compost system is to increase the conservation action education that the center provides. As part of the new curriculum associated with Science in Nature, students will learn about the importance of composting, how composting works, how to compost and actually engage in composting as a part of their experience at the center.

Visitors will also be invited to contribute to the composting efforts, signage and a brochure will provide some information about how composting works and how people can easily compost at home. A brochure explaining composting will be available sooner at the center.

“This composting system is an essential tool in modeling for students how soil is formed in nature and to demonstrate for all of our visitors the importance of composting as a conservation strategy for the benefit of birds and their habitats,” said Michelle Eckman, director of education at CAS.

For more information about composting or the compost project, call the CAS at 203-259-6305, ext. 109. For volunteer opportunities, programs and activities, visit

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