Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens

Build your own rain garden and help our environment too! As excess rain water washes over streets, parking lots and lawns, it can pick up and  carry many items and pollutants itno our rivers and oceans, leading to water pollution and unhealthy coral reefs. Rain gardens are important because they increase the amount of rain water that recharges to ground water, reducing flooding and erosion problems. 

Rain gardens filter pollutants from rain water that washes off roofs, lawns, and paved areas, They also provide an attractive habitat for birds, butterflies, and beneficial worms and insects. 

Rain gardens are specifically designed to soak up rain water, from roofs, driveways, and patios. Rain gardens look like regular flower gardens but they are so much more. When it rains, the garden fills with a few inches of water and allows the water to slowly filter into the ground rather than running off to the storm drains. This allows 30% more water to soak into the ground than regular grass lawns. 

Preparation Instruction:
  • Read the information on Rain Gardens on the internet, especially on http://www.islandgirlpower.com/environmental-projects.html. Follow the directions on the info sheets. 
  • Seek the approval of one of your teachers for this project, most likely your science teacher. Show your teacher the post on the website and the materials you found on the Island Girl Power website. Because this is an independent project, not neccessarily connected with an organization, this step is important. 
  • Ask your friends or classmates if they would like to help with this project. 
  • Choose your spot and get permission from the necessary adults for this garden. Explain to them what you are doing and why it is important. 
  • Gather together the tools you will need.
  • Collect plants that you will plant. 

Activity Instruction:
  • Follow directions for how to build a rain garden located on the Island Girl Power website. 
  • Take pictures of the work as you start, progress, and finish the project.
  • Post the pictures on social media with the hashtags #guamservicelearning #raingardens

Reflection Instruction:
In order to earn service learning hours, a reflection needs to be turned in to a teacher who can input the hours into Power School. You need to address: What did you do? What did you learn? How was this an example of public service? 

Learning Standards/Objectives:

By doing this project, students will learn principles of ecology and how one can help the natural environment thrive. 

Standard 2: Life Science

Students understand the diversity and unity of living organisms, the living environment, and principles of ecology.

BI.2.30 Recognize and describe how human beings are part of Earth’s ecosystems and that human activities can,deliberately or inadvertently, alter the equilibrium in ecosystems.

BI.2.31 Understand and describe how organisms are influenced by a particular combination of living and nonliving components of the environment.

BI.2.32 Recognize and describe how the physical or chemical environment may influence the rate, extent, and nature ofthe way organisms develop within ecosystems.


CONTACT PERSON DETAILS

  Name: Juanita Blaz
 Phone: 688-4752
  Email: islandgirlpower671@gmail.com
Organization/Agency/Business Name: Ayuda Foundation / Island Girl Power
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