The Van Hise Outdoor Classroom has a 700-square-foot rain garden that filters water from the roof and parking lots. Plants native to Wisconsin were planted here. They do well with a lot of water (like this year) and can survive in drought, too. Why? They evolved to have very deep root systems, and their leaves and stems hold a lot of water.
The rain garden has been getting a lot of what it needs this spring and summer!
Today, there were a lot of great things to stop and see. It’s worth taking kids down to look closely at what they might find. Some of these photos are not in rain garden. All the pictures here were taken today at the garden.
Soon, the rain garden will also have a sign! That’s right. There is a sign all ready to be installed, paid for through a grant from the Friends of the Lake WIngra Watershed!
This is what the prairie blazing star will look like in a week or two…worth a look, especially in early morning or evening. They seem to glow in the dark. (Thus–the name.)