Challenge 2: Rain Gardens for Revival

For Individuals or Groups (2–5 students per group) — Maximum points: 200 (1 entry per school)

YOUR CHALLENGE: Managing rainwater runoff effectively is critical to the health of the Biscayne Bay watershed. Elevated nutrient levels from stormwater runoff have contributed to the disruption of natural nutrient cycles in Biscayne Bay leading to algal blooms and fish kills. One way homeowners and businesses can help capture, hold and filter rainwater is to build a rain garden. Design a rain garden and write a compelling pitch that promotes the environmental benefits of implementing a rain garden at your school. Downloadable PDF
Adapted from Laura Remmen, Air Base K-8 Center, 2020-2021 Fairchild Challenge winning Educator entry

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 by 5:00 pm

Electronically submit the following:

Uploaded PDF file to entry form includes:

  • Design

  • Plan

  • Bibliography
✓  Entry Requirements:
 Entry includes student(s) name(s), grade, and school
 Design, plan and bibliography must be saved as a single pdf file and uploaded on entry form. PDF file name must include school name and student name
 Garden Design must be an original hand-rendered or computer-generated (2-D flat) design created by students. Design cannot be larger than 8.5″ x 11″, must be in full color
 3 page proposal, double-spaced or less, includes: 1) the benefits of reducing nutrient runoff for water quality in Biscayne Bay 2) identifies an appropriate location within your school community and 3) materials and list of native and nonnative plants to mitigate stormwater runoff
 Bibliography must be submitted citing at least 3 sources, following MLA or APA format
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

Bring your class on a virtual field trip at Fairchild. Please visit Explorer Field Trip Programs for more information.

OPTIONAL TEACHER WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 9 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Join Fairchild’s experts for the School Garden Workshop specially designed for teachers wanting to start a garden at home or at school. For more information, visit our Teacher Workshop page. 

For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 2 Evaluation Sheet

This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 2 Benchmarks

Rain Garden Resources

UF/IFAS Gardening solutions: Rain Gardens
Marina D’Abreau et al. (2010): Rain Gardens: A Manual for Central Florida Residents
Missouri Botanical Garden: Rainscaping Guide: Design and Build a Rain Garden
City of Hollywood, Florida: Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, and Stormwater
UMass: Rain Gardens: A Way to Improve Water Quality

Miami-Dade Resources
Miami-Dade County: Tips to Keep Biscayne Bay Clean
Miami-Dade County: Baynanza
Miamiwater Keeper