Rain Forest Garden - Eagle Scout Project
The Airport has been the beneficiary of several scouting projects over the years, including the 2013 Rain Forest Garden project planned and implemented by Thunder Mountain High School senior, Morgan Nichols. Morgan completed the community service project in his quest to attain the Eagle Scout Award, the Boy Scouts’ highest achievement. A high school track and field star and an avid outdoor enthusiast, Morgan was active in scouting since first grade.
The Rain Forest Garden is a raised bed of plantings located on the north side of the terminal’s main entrance. Many of the plants are native species collected at various sites on the Airport property. Key features of the garden are the river rock swale that collects and directs the downspout’s rain water to support a marsh-like ecosystem in the center of the garden and a large, moss-covered, “nurse log” that nourishes a young spruce tree at the garden’s edge. During the summer months, Airport visitors can view some of the common wildflowers of the area upon their arrival at the Airport.
Morgan embarked on his college career in the Fall of 2014, studying engineering at the University of Idaho. As he continues to grow, so does the garden he began. The Rain Forest Garden plants are established and the natural-like landscape is adding beauty to the Airport entrance that has become a favorite photo backdrop for many visitors.
Come watch our garden grow!
The Rain Forest Garden is located on the north side of the terminal's main entrance.
Morgan Nichols worked with Airport staff, Mark Lykins and Dana Ritter, who used heavy equipment to move large logs and boulders into place.