Tristan Knight, a junior at Stewartville High School, is working towards the completion of his Eagle Scout project which will be of benefit to Dodge County. Tristan has built five benches and has built and installed 10 bird boxes of recycled materials at the county’s new park near the Transfer Station. These pictures are of members of Troop 56 and others who helped with the installation and the completed benches and birdhouses before they were installed.
The birdhouses are along the western edge of the Prairie portion of the park.
Tristan thanked everyone for helping with the build and installation of the birdhouses. He said Jerry Pruett – a birding expert – helped him choose the type of bird boxes and where to install them in the Prairie. Local resident, Jim Checkel, lent Tristan tools and has been a very active volunteer with the Prairie in general. Tristan also thanked Dodge County employees Melissa DeVetter, County Project Manager and Jackson Miller, Environmental Program Manager for their support.
A People’s Energy Operation Roundup grant helped Tristan buy needed materials.
The park is in the early stages of development and is not yet open. It is east of the county Transfer Station/Recycling Center. The land is a buffer zone - which cannot be developed - next to the facility and is about 32 acres in size. The website explains, “The overall goals of the park are to increase beneficial habitat, provide a place for active year-round recreation and reinforce the importance of environmental sustainability through park features.”
For more information about the planned park, visit