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        Project-based Learning: Design and Build a Rain Garden: Teacher's Guide and Lesson Plans | Nature Works Everywhere

        In a natural environment, stormwater gets absorbed into the ground where soil, rocks, and plant roots filter the water. A rain garden is designed to mimic this process by slowing the flow and absorbing stormwater before it hits our waterways. This set of materials is designed to be used in conjunction with the Nature Works Everywhere Sustainable Urban Design Toolkit. If you have decided that a rain garden is the right project for your school, use these lessons, along with the video Design and Build a Rain Garden for Your School or Community, to take your students from the design and engineering phase to installation.

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        Design and Build a Rain Garden Teacher's Guide | Nature Works Everywhere

        This Teacher’s Guide provides an overview of the four parts of Design and Build a Rain Garden, including background information, essential questions, standards, objectives, vocabulary, and materials.

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        Design and Build a Rain Garden: Lesson Plan, Part 1 - Rain Garden Proposal | Nature Works Everywhere

        This lesson includes background content and context for students to understand how rain gardens address and fit into larger stormwater management issues and approaches. In the lesson, students develop a proposal and presentation to school stakeholders to install a rain garden on school grounds.

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        Design and Build a Rain Garden: Lesson Plan, Part 2 - Site Inventory and Base Map Creation | Nature Works Everywhere

        In this lesson, students conduct a site inventory about the area selected for the rain garden, including existing structures and natural features, and measure the area of the impervious surface (the source of runoff) to determine the size of the garden.

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        Design and Build a Rain Garden: Lesson Plan, Part 3 - Rain Garden Design and Planting Plan | Nature Works Everywhere

        In this lesson, students engage in a creative design process to develop a final design for the rain garden, using the base map produced and selected in Part 2. In the process, they learn how to visually represent plants and other garden features and what native plants will work well in their garden.

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        Design and Build a Rain Garden: Lesson Plan, Part 4 - Installation and Final Evaluation | Nature Works Everywhere

        This lesson covers guidelines for pre-installation activities and for preparing and installing the garden. It also includes the final evaluation for the project.

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