Rain garden installations in Tabernacle Township School District

Rain garden installation season has begun! Two bioswales (3,600 square feet) were installed at Kenneth R. Olson Middle School the week of April 8th. 

A bioswale is a vegetated bioretention system designed to manage stormwater runoff. The plant species were researched and selected by Tabernacle students for pollinator habitat, wetland indicator status, and species diversity. Native plant species such as Orange Coneflower, Blue Mist Flower, and Sweet Pepperbush were planted by students and volunteers on April 13, 2018.

This project was installed through a partnership between Tabernacle Township School District, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Burlington County Soil Conservation District, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program. The volunteer and classroom outreach components of the project were organized by Isabella Castiglioni, AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for the Rancocas Creek Watershed Management Area. 

A rain garden (750 square feet) is also planned for Tabernacle Elementary School. Stay tuned for more rain gardens and green infrastructure projects coming soon!