Donated by Keira & Brian Smith, Bob & Lenore Munigle
The Upper and Lower Rain Gardens capture rain water from the Nature Center. Water is treated as a resource, and is led from the roof of the Nature Center into the gardens. The catch basin receives overflow from the leaders on the Nature Center and empties into the gardens. Both gardens function to conserve water and preserve the natural water cycle. Additionally, the gardens help to improve water quality, manage watershed and control flooding and erosion.
OBJECTIVE: Water conservation and the preservation of the natural water cycle, watershed management and water quality improvement, flood and erosion control, creation of a new ecosystem with beauty and wildlife habitat
CURRICULUM CONTENT: The water cycle, watersheds, storm water management practices, water conservation, horticulture, ecosystems
THE SUBURBAN LANDSCAPE: Storm water harvesting, flood control, Erosion Reduction
THE CATCH BASIN: The Basin receives overflow from the Upper rain garden, runoff from the driveway, stormwater from the leaders on the west side and front of the building through an underground conduit, and a berm along the edge of the driveway. This basin then empties into the rear rain garden through an underground conduit.
THE LOWER RAIN GARDEN:
This rain garden has been placed at the lowest point on the site and receives most of the stormwater runoff from the catch basin. Plant growth is fed by the water emptied into this garden. Overflow from this garden will enter the elevated drain if it gets deep enough, and be conveyed by a conduit into the nearby wooded area.