Thanks to Ms. Gloria Church of Girl Scout Troop 1512, the Briarwood-Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve now boasts an official State of Louisiana Historical Marker placed at the entrance to the preserve. The marker was Ms. Church’s service project for the Girl Scouts’ Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. The historical Marker was unveiled at a ceremony at the preserve on Saturday, June 5.
The Gold Award requires 100 hours of service on the scout’s chosen project. In addition, the state requires quite a bit of justification and research before an official marker can be placed. Gloria spent many hours in NSU’s Cammie Henry Archives researching Carline Dormon’s life as well as the historical significance of the preserve, originally Briarwood Plantation. She and her fellow Troop 1512 Girl Scouts have done many campouts and service projects at the nature preserve over the years as well.
After the research into Caroline Dorman, there was the matter of raising the funds to pay for the historical marker. After a crowdfunding effort that garnered donations from across America, the Cane River National Heritage Area generously donated the cost of the marker. That enabled the $2,950.00 Gloria raised to be donated to the Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve instead.
The Briarwood-Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve is a true gem. Its 210 acres feature a 3 to 4 mile hiking trail and many examples of Louisiana’s incredibly diverse plant life.
Gloria Church is a 2021 graduate of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. She plans on attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and majoring in Anthropology with an eye on a career in Archeology. In addition to the Gold Award, she also has earned the Girl Scouts’ Silver and Bronze Awards. The Natchitoches Parish Journal extends its best wishes to Ms. Church in her future endeavors.