The turn of the season is a good opportunity to recap some of the summer work from the Littoral Society's Delaware Bayshore office including the accomplishments of the dedicated R-Corps interns and the unveiling of a new rain garden at an elementary school in Vineland, NJ.
R-Corps: A Summer of Conservation
Nine passionate and driven young people joined the Delaware Bay R-Corps team this summer. Their collective efforts spanned a diverse range of projects, each contributing to the larger mission:
Additionally, four R-Corps members participated in an AmeriCorps pilot program, dedicating extra hours to maintain green stormwater infrastructure projects and assist with bay monitoring initiatives.
A Whale of a Rain Garden in Vineland
Also bringing together environmentalism and education, the Delaware Bayshore office expanded its green stormwater infrastructure work by introducing a brand-new rain garden at Dr. John Winslow Elementary School in Vineland, NJ. This garden is not your ordinary one; it boasts a whimsical twist inspired by the school's mascot—the whale!
This rain garden is designed to capture an estimated 48,000 gallons of stormwater annually while also serving as an outdoor classroom. Through it, students will have the opportunity to learn about eco-friendly landscaping, the importance of native plants, and the significance of pollinator habitats.
The collaboration extends further as teachers work hand in hand with the Delaware Bayshore office to engage students in mulching the garden and planting native species this coming fall. By involving the youth in these activities, the garden becomes a living, breathing lesson in environmental stewardship.
Funding for this innovative project was made possible through the South Jersey Landscape Makeover Program, which provides homeowners, municipalities, and farmers with expert advice and financial assistance to create rain gardens and other “green infrastructure” projects that capture polluted stormwater and prevent it from entering our lakes, rivers, and bays. It's an excellent example of how public and private partnerships can drive meaningful change for our environment.
The Landscape Makeover Program is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and sponsored by eight organizations including the American Littoral Society.