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2011/2012 School Year

Sandy Point State Park Annapolis, MD
Easton Elementary School Easton, MD
Good Earth Market & Organic Farm Clarksville, DE
Ingram Pond Environmental Education Center Millsborow, DE Ingram Pond SYH Video  
Pocomoke Middle School Pocomoke, MD    
Choptank Habitat for Humanity Easton, MD    
Spring Grove High School Spring Grove, PA  

 

Concord Hill Elementary School Chevy Chase, MD  

 

7th Grade Center Royersford, PA 7th Grade Center SYH Video

 

 

Easton Elementary School

Location: Easton, ES

Type of Habitat: Butterfly Meadow

Installed: September 13

Area Size: 8000 sq ft

Supported by: Talbot County Public Schools

Number of Volunteers Involved: 450

Design: Environmental Concern

Noteworthy: In summer 2012, Easton Elementary School expanded its walls to include a new Head Start Center. The addition required that a meadow that was created in 2007 be removed in order to install geothermal structures beneath it. The building contract also required that the meadow be reestablished after the construction and installed once again as an educational opportunity for the students. On the planting day, EC educators led the students through spreading seeds, dancing them into the soil, and covering them with a protective layer of straw mulch. Each class from pre-K through second grade participated throughout the day.

Easton Elementary-Before

Easton Elementary-during planting

Easton Elementary-during planting

Easton Elementary-after planting

 

   

Sandy Point State Park

Location: Annapolis, MD

Type of Habitat: Swale Rain Garden

Installed: October 6

Area Size: 1200 sq ft

Number of Volunteers Involved: 10

Design: Environmental Concern

Noteworthy: Sandy Point State Park is a Maryland State Park Service facility with 786 acres of woodlands, beaches and trails; it offers boat access, fishing and a new Nature Center. This park is a unique feature on the Chesapeake Bay shoreline and draws upwards of 5000 people to the beach areas on a typical summer holiday. The multipurpose and high usage nature of the park also requires large areas of paved parking lots. Near the new Nature Center, a 1,200 square foot rain garden was installed in order to soak up storm water and filter runoff from the nearby impervious areas preventing it from heading directly to the Chesapeake Bay. The garden will be visible from the Nature Center and from the road to visitors of the park throughout the year.


Sandy Point State Park-Before Swale Rain Garden

 


Sandy Point State Park-Planting Rain Garden

Sandy Point State Park-Completed Rain Garden Swale

 

   

Good Earth Market and Organic Farm

Location: Clarksville, DE

Type of Habitat: Rain Garden

Installed: August 14

Area Size: 200 sq ft

Supported by: The DE Center for Inland Bays

Number of Volunteers Involved: 15

Design: Environmental Concern

Noteworthy: Good Earth Market and Organic Farm was selected as an ideal location for a demonstration rain garden to educate the community about the benefits that rain gardens have for water quality and wildlife habitat. A workshop was presented at the Market where participants learned about rain gardens and how to create them. Then the participants installed the plants in the newly created depression and added mulch to the garden to complete the project. Now shoppers and community members can visit the garden to see how it collects and infiltrate runoff from the store's roof and observe what fauna comes to visit. The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays supported the project with funding from DNREC.


Good Earth Market and Organic Farm

 


Good Earth Market & Organic Farm-Rain Garden Excavation

Good Earth Market & Organic Farm Planting Rain Garden

Completed Rain Garden-Good Earth Market & Organic Farm

   

Ingram Pond Environmental Education Center

Location: Millsboro, DE

Type of Habitat: Fresh Water Marsh

Installed: May 7, 2012

Area Size: 1,400 sq ft

Cost: $2,000

Supported by: Center for Inland Bays

Number of Students Involved: 20

Design: Environmental Concern & Ingram Pond Staff

Noteworthy:  This seasonal wetland was created by working with a select group of students from GW Carver School in Frankford, DE to brainstorm design and follow through with installation.  The area was formed by enlarging a small depression and forming an island to attract a wide diversity of wildlife with native plants and other habitat offerings.  Clay was added to the soils to help contain water within the new marsh.  At the end of the project, 1000 plants were planted and logs and limbs were placed to attract reptiles and amphibians once water fills in. 


Ingram Pond

 


Ingram Pond

Ingram Pond

Ingram Pond

Ingram Pond 2012  

 


Pocomoke Middle School

Location: Pocomoke, MD

Type of Habitat: Courtyard Habitat Garden

Installed: May 22, 2012

Area Size: 300 sq ft

Cost: $600

Supported by: PMS, a Keep Maryland Beautiful grant from MD Environmental Trust, and Lowes

Number of Students Involved: 75

Noteworthy: The eighth grade students from Pocomoke Middle School helped to plant native plants in a courtyard that started as mostly concrete and turf grass with a few trees as shrubs as accents.  By the end of the planting day, all turf grass was replaced with native plants to provide habitat for wildlife, encourage infiltration of stormwater and act as a vibrant outdoor classroom for classes at the middle school. 


Pocomoke Middle School



Pocomoke Middle School

Pocomoke Middle School


Pocomoke Middle School
Pokomoke September 2012 Pokomoke September 2012
 

Choptank Habitat for Humanity

Location: Easton, MD

Type of Habitat: Rain Garden

Installed: June 15, 2012

Area Size: 2,000 sq ft

Cost: $500

Supported by: Choptank Habitat for Humanity, Chesapeake Bay Trust and Landon High School

Number of Students Involved: 20

Design: Habitat for Humanity Partners

Noteworthy: This garden was created in partnership with a CBT Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity Staff and volunteers from Landon HS in Bethesda, MD.  Students spent time weeding and preparing the soils for planting, then planted and mulched the entire area.  The garden is a great community example of how to allow stormwater infiltration within our individual properties.  


Choptank Habitat for Humanity

 


Choptank Habitat for Humanity

Choptank Habitat for Humanity  

 


Spring Grove High School

Location: Spring Grove, PA

Type of Habitat: Rain Garden

Installed: May 2, 2012

Area Size: 600 sq ft

Cost: $2,000

Supported by: SGHS and an anonymous grant to support the Susquehanna River watershed  

Number of Students Involved: 25

Design: Environmental Concern & SGHS

Noteworthy: This large rain garden was excavated and planted by selected Environmental Science classes.  Students helped with plant selection, turf grass removal, native plantings and mulching.  The garden will collect water from 4000 square feet of roof surface, allowing infiltration from the majority of storms and keeping the water from being directed into storm drains headed towards tributaries of the Susquehanna and Chesapeake watersheds.  This school had added 2 other rain gardens and 3 wetlands to help reduce the runoff on their campus by completing a new project each year for the last 4 years.


Spring Grove High School

 


Spring Grove High School

Spring Grove High School

Spring Grove High School

 


Concord Hill Elementary School

Location: Chevy Chase, MD

Type of Habitat: Habitat Garden

Installed: May 17, 2012

Area Size: 160 sq ft

Cost: $1,000

Supported by: Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge and CHES

Number of Students Involved: 36

Design: Environmental Concern

Noteworthy: The young students from Concord ES (grades 1-2) won a national Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge for this project and their work to reduce runoff on their urban campus.  In addition to creating a native planting area to allow stormwater infiltration, the school also added a rain barrel to one of their gutters. 


Concord Hill Elementary School

 


Concord Hill Elementary School

Concord Hill Elementary School Concord Hill Elementary School

 


7th Grade Center

Location: Royersford, PA

Type of Habitat: Freshwater marsh and tree planting

Installed: May 31, 2012

Area Size: 4,000 sq ft

Cost: $3,000

Supported by: Spring Ford School District and an anonymous grant to support the Delaware River watershed

Number of Students Involved: 650

Design: Environmental Concern and the 7th Grade Center

Noteworthy: This large wetland will collect water from the campus and adjacent community keeping it from overwhelming the nearby Mingo Creek and negatively affecting the Delaware Bay.  All of the 650 7th grade students spent a portion of their day planting native plants in the wetland, around a stormwater drain and adding trees throughout other areas of the grassy slope.  The school hopes to continue with their conservation work in the future with more native plantings and habitat restoration. 


7th Grade Center

 


7th Grade Center

7th Grade Center

7th Grade Center

 

7th Grade Center


 

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