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Learning in an Outdoor Classroom

October 16, 2013

	The Fulda High School Chemistry Concepts Class listens as they are told about the functions and value of established rain gardens. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Jerry Johnson
FULDA FREE PRESS/Jerry Johnson
The Fulda High School Chemistry Concepts Class listens as they are told about the functions and value of established rain gardens.
By Norma Dittman
On Tuesday, October 8th, students from Fulda High School, who are in science teacher Jessica Laleman’s Chemistry Concepts class, were taken on a tour of some of the rain gardens that have been established in Fulda. Picked up by the Prairie Ecology Bus, Lakefield, MN, the students learned about the value of establishing rain gardens and their function in nature.

Fulda’s first rain garden was established in 2009 at the home of Don and Ann Lubben who live on the shore of Seven Mile Lake. The chemistry students learned that rain gardens provide food and habitat for birds, amphibians, and fish, as well as nesting opportunity for wildlife. They also improve water quality by filtering runoff because plants in the gardens absorb phospherous and nitrogen.

In also touring some of the five gardens established during August of this year, students were able to visit a fully established rain garden as well as a couple that are in their beginning stages.


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