An outdoor classroom garden harvests rainwater, helping kids learn about the environment and reducing storm water runoff.
At Lincoln Middle School in Kearny New Jersey, the classroom was made possible through a partnership between Rutgers University and the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission.
“We now have an environmental classroom of sorts that can be used for instruction as well as other special activities by students throughout the district and community organizations,” said Superintendent Patricia Blood.
A unique feature of the garden classroom is a rain water harvesting system. It also includes trees, vegetables, a greenhouse, raised garden beds, handicap accessible decking, benches for students and a podium for the teacher.
According to PVSC Executive Director Michael DeFrancisci, the intent of the project is to “serve as an example for school and community members to engage and learn about green infrastructure, and how we can reduce stormwater runoff into our waterways together”.