ALJ Teacher Attends Rain Garden Training

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CLARK — Suzanne Nagourney, a science teacher at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, recently attended a rain garden training program at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside.

The program, funded by a grant from the USDA National Water Program was led by County Agricultural Agent Madeline Flahive Dinardo from the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Extension Experiment Station and Amy Boyajian, program associate with the Rutgers Water Resources program. The training sessions included a class on rain garden site selection, design, installation and maintenance, followed by a second day of training in which attendees learned how to use rain garden education curriculum materials developed for the grant project.

Rain gardens are shallow gardens designed to capture and remove pollutants from rain and melting snow, and may be installed by homeowners, schools or other community organizations. Rain gardens can provide hands-on learning experiences aligned with the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards for Science for students of all grade levels, as well as improve water quality and enhance ecological health by removing non-point source pollution.

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