Eagle Scout Nature Trail at the Swedish Cabin
A new nature trail was created as part of Doug Dooling’s Eagle Scout project. In January 2006, the project was approved by The Friends of the Swedish Cabin, the Upper Darby Township and the Boy Scouts.
The trail is adjacent to the Swedish Cabin and provides a nice relaxing and interesting walk in the woods. The trail branches off to offer a shorter or longer walking experience. A variety of trees native to the area are identified along the trail including the Flowering Dogwood, Red Stem Dogwood, Black Cherry, Red Maple, Black Walnut, the Devil’s Walking Stick, American Elm, Yellow Poplar, Black Oak, Pignut Hickory, White Ash, and Box Elder (Ashleaf Maple). Many of the trees and shrubs were donated.
Several beautiful Mountain Laurels, Kalmia latifolia, were donated by a local nursery. The Mountain Laurel is the state flower of Pennsylvania. This flowering shrub was named after Finnish botanist, Pehr Kalm (1716-1779) who was born in Sweden and a student of Carolus Linnaeus. He arrived in Philadelphia in 1748 and spent several years in the area identifying American plants.
Doug Dooling hopes that he has “created an asset for our community”.
Come to the Swedish Cabin for a stroll through history and nature.