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Rain Garden Initiative

The Illinois Rain Garden Initiative began in 2005 with a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that was awarded to the Lt. Governor’s Office. The grant awards 20 - $500 grants to schools and community organizations across the state of Illinois. They help foster the growth of native perennial flowers and grasses, and create habitat for wildlife such as native birds and butterflies. The Illinois Rain Garden Initiative is designed to empower students and communities to confront local flooding concerns, restore native Illinois prairie habitats, and learn about green solutions to storm water management.

These grants have allowed teachers and students to gain hands-on experience in landscaping, including ways the environment changes and adapts to its surroundings. Rain gardens are also a way that the schools and universities can share with the community. It is a great way to learn about native plants in Illinois and, the grant teaches teachers, students and community groups how to plant and maintain a rain garden.



2008 Rain Garden Projects
Illinois College Jacksonville
Unity Point School District Carbondale
Harlem Middle School Loves Park
Augustana College/Culture House Rock Island
Carl Schurz High School Chicago
Taskforce on Waukegan Neighborhoods Waukegan
Park Ridge Recreation & Park District Park Ridge
Silvis Garden Club Silvis
International Museum of Surgical Science Chicago
Springfield Park District Springfield
Beaubien Elementary School Chicago
Dundee-Crown H.S. Carpentersville
Howard Area Leadership Academy Chicago
Lincoln Park High School Chicago
Fox River Country Day School Elgin
Science & Arts Academy Des Plaines
Special Education District of McHenry Co. Woodstock
Water's Edge Waldorf School Wauconda
St. Mary's School Bloomington
Illinois Math and Science Academy Aurora
After School Matters Earth Team Chicago
Sugar Grove Foundation & Nature Center McLean
Rockford Park District Rockford
2007 Rain Garden Projects
Abingdon Middle/High School Abingdon
Beecher Junior High School Beecher
Boone County Conservation District Belvidere
Chebanse Elementary School Chebanse
City of Kankakee Kankakee
Deer Park Community Consolidated School District Ottawa
Fairview House Urbana
Governor's State University University Park
Green Street Project Chicago
Mendota High School Mendota
Morris Community High School Morris
Park District of Highland Park Highland Park
Parkway Foundation, Friends of Kilborn Park Organic Greenhouse Chicago
Rock Island Soil &Water Conservation (Nat. Area Guard.) Milan
Washington Elementary School Chicago
West Prairie Middle School Garden Club Colchester
Winfield United for a Better Community Winfield
Univ. of IL - Allerton Park Champaign
2006 Rain Garden Projects
Carlyle Junior High Carlyle
Charleston Middle School Charleston
Christopher School Chicago
Chute Middle School Evanston
CICS Basil Campus Chicago
City of Danville Danville
Dawes School Evanston
Kansas Unit #3 Schools Kansas
Lake County Forest Preserve Grayslake
Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey
Maine East High School Park Ridge
Marshall Jr. High Marshall
Prairie Rivers Network Champaign
St. Patrick School Decatur
Unity-Mendon FFA Chapter at Unity High School Mendon
Vandalia Main Street Vandalia
Village of Cambridge Cambridge
Village of Northbrook Northbrook
Wedgewood Garden Club Crystal Lake
West Oak Middle School Mundelein