The Rain Garden

Native plants capture storm water and return it safely to the aquifer.

Designed and engineered by volunteers and planted by students, this earthen basin collects rain water from downspouts of the main school building, enabling it to be purified by natural processes, aided by deep-rooted, moisture-loving native plants that create channels for the water to percolate slowly into the ground. Situated right at the school’s main entrance, this garden makes a dramatic statement about the school’s environmental focus and offers lessons in hydrology and native plant identification.

The garden was designed by Remenschneider Associates, Landscapers and Planners and engineered by members of the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

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