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Illinois Rain Garden Initiative
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Web site
Summary: The Illinois Rain Garden Initiative is an environmental initiative of the Lieutenant Governor's Office to help prevent flooding and improve stormwater management. As part of the initiative, schools across Illinois will plant rain gardens consisting entirely o...
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Kids Regen Glossary (Gardening)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Glossary
Summary: Non-technical glossary for gardening, healthy soil and food, rain gardening and other related topics.
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On the Prairie
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Database - Glossary - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: The Bell Museum provides an opportunity to learn more about the native habitats of the prairie, how to build/restore a prairie; a field guide to the prairie plants, birds, herps, insects, and mammals, videos of the prairie (using quick time videl), and how to...
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Rain Garden Applications and Simple Calculations Power Point
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - School Projects
Summary: This 16-slide power point presentation shows examples of rain gardens in communities and on residential property as well as some construction and calculations for planning a garden.
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Rain Garden Glossary
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Glossary
Summary: This is a non-technical glossary for rain gardens, including some biodiversity, landscaping and hydrology terminology.
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Rain Garden Network
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Glossary - Web site
Summary: Rain Garden Network is an organization that encourages homeowners to do what they can on their property and in their lives to protect the water quality of our lakes, rivers and streams from pollution and the damage done by stormwater runoff. Through a program...
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Rain Gardens Gardening with Water Quality in Mind
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: School Projects
Summary: All about Rain Gardening including recent articles, suggested plants,and design considerations.
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Rain Gardens of West Michigan
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: A project of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, the Rain Gardens of West Michigan web site provides a wealth of information on rain gardens, as well as step-by-step advice on creating your own rain garden. Benefits of rain gardens include reduced...
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Rain Gardens: A Household Way to Improve Water Quality in Your Community
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - School Projects
Summary: A basic introduction providing information on how rain gardens help protect water quality, and general step-by-step instructions on how to build a rain garden in your yard. (PDF Format; Length: 8 pages)
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Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual for Homeowners
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Manual/Handbook - School Projects
Summary: A detailed manual that covers rain garden sizing and siting, constructon details and planting and maintenance. Includes 11 conceptual planting designs with plant species lists. (PDF Format; Length: 32 pages)
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Shady Rain Garden Plants for Wisconsin
Type: List
Summary: This is an interactive listing of shade tolerant plants appropriate for rain gardens in Wisconsin.
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Water Wise Kids: A Growing Solution to Water Pollution
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Lessons and activities "invite kids to respect rain, ponder puddles and build healthy gardens to filter filth!" or to create rain gardens.
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