Rain Gardens – More or Less

native plants for rain gardens

Learn about the effects of planting and maintaining a rain garden through an interactive group activity. Use the provided impact and arrow cards to build a web illustrating the many direct and indirect effects a rain garden can have in your community. This activity allows participants to visualize the layers of positive impacts to human quality of life and the environment resulting from climate action. This tool can be used in many types of settings, including classrooms, adult workshops, and community and planning meetings. It can also be used to evaluate student comprehension, start climate change conversations, and inspire climate change action.


Explore the effects of climate change and climate action in relation to rain gardens

Middle School
High School
Time needed: 

30+ minutes

Materials Needed: 

One set of printed-out arrow and word cards per group

Partners Who Used this Tool: 

University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum