Eagle's Honor: Trinity Alumnus Creates Frog Habitat on Campus Preserve

By Maddie Spencer, Marketing Intern

William Newby with his completed Vernal Frog Habitat.

It's no surprise that Trinity alumni go on to do amazing things after their time here, but we love to hear how the skills they learned with us transfer over to their everyday lives and future endeavors.

William Newby, a 2020 Trinity graduate who completed his Eagle Scout project this summer, decided to give back to the Trinity community by providing its students with the opportunity for hands-on learning. He worked to create an amphibian-friendly habitat in the Trinity Woods Wildlife Preserve, where he hopes the ecosystem will continue to expand and support other native wildlife.

Along with other members of Boy Scouts of America Troop #310, William created a vernal frog habitat in the preserve. The project involved planning each step and action and leading his fellow scouts, as well as teaching them how to construct a rock barrier that will decrease the force of water in the creek during times of heavy rainfall. 

Troop #310 at the worksite.

This barrier provides a slower-moving water pool for vernal frogs and their tadpoles, giving them a chance to thrive. Additionally, the troop planted grasses and other riparian native seeds along the bank and in the creek itself to provide cover for the frogs. A mulch path that is part of the woods’ trail system was also extended.

William worked closely with Lower School Science Teacher and Assistant Scoutmaster, Mr. Earley, who served as his mentor and guide for the project. The 21-acre Trinity Woods Preserve has been a labor of love for Mr. Earley, who began its restoration nine years ago—around the same time William joined Cub Scouts.

William as a Cub Scout.

The Trinity Woods Preserve is an incredible resource for Trinity students. Because William chose to complete his Eagle project on this subject, each member of the Trinity community will have access to hands-on learning experiences in their science classes.

Interested in joining the Trinity Scout troop? Go to https://beascout.scouting.org/ to learn more.