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Houston We Have A Party
Girl Scouts Forever Green kicks off at Houston Arboretum with Rain Garden reveal

Project is part of national effort to improve the environment and protect natural resources


HOUSTON (October xx, 2011) – In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) will partner with the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center to plant a rain garden to kick-off Girl Scouts Forever Green (GSFG) 100th Anniversary Take Action Project, a national effort of girls leading their families, schools and communities in improving the environment and protecting natural resources.  

As part of the rain garden’s construction, hundreds of local-area Girl Scouts, 13 and older, from across GSSJC’s 26 county jurisdiction will have a workday at the arboretum on October 29 to plant native plants. Girls of all ages, from all over the country, will be shuttled to the arboretum on November 12 to learn about the importance of rain gardens, sow their own seeds and paint a mural, just one of many attractions at  the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) National Convention taking place November 10-13 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  

GSSJC CEO Mary Vitek said, “We are honored that the 100th Anniversary Take Action project will commence during this year’s National Convention. Girls participating in the construction of this rain garden and those who will join other Take Action Projects across the country are playing a part in something bigger than themselves. These girls will teach their communities the importance of taking care of our environment today, so that we can have a better tomorrow.”

The GSFG 100th Anniversary Take Action Project invites girls to take action on one of three month-long projects that lead to sustainable behavior change and environmental impact—Reduce Plastic Waste,  Earth Hour and Rain Gardens.  All projects are designated to take place in February, March or April 2012. Girls, with permission from their parents, are also encouraged to take an online pledge confirming their commitment to GSFG efforts and recruit their family members and friends to take the same pledge too.

For more information about the GSFG Take Action Project, visit

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 76,000 girls served and nearly 18,000 adult members in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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