Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Rain Gardens

New Jersey Demonstration Rain Gardens ~
Lindenwold School 4

Rain Garden located closest to Gibbsboro Road

Rain Garden located closest to the rear of the school building

Lindenwold School 4
900 Gibbsboro Road, Lindenwold, Camden County, New Jersey 08021

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Installation Plant Layout Maintenance Photographs


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Site Contact(s):

Mike Haberland, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Camden and Burlington Counties.


The Lindenwold School 4 rain gardens were installed to beautify the site and to intercept, treat, and infiltrate stormwater runoff from the surrounding sidewalks.

The 2011 fourth grade classes participated in the Stormwater Management in Your Schoolyard educational program that was designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply their science, math, and communication skills to real-world environmental problems through the building of rain gardens on the Lindenwold School 4's campus. The Stormwater Management in Your School Yard educational program focused on increasing the fourth grade students' environmental awareness in the hope that they will teach others in their communities about the importance of water quality and quantity. The students completed the nine module program, that included the installation of the rain gardens.

These rain gardens are part of the Cooper River Watershed. The Cooper River Watershed is characterized by extensive residential and commercial development, and as a result, its streams are severely impacted by increased stormwater runoff. To address the water quality issues associated with increased stormwater runoff, demonstration projects like these rain gardens are essential.

Type of Runoff Managed:

These rain gardens manage stormwater runoff from the surrounding sidewalks.


The rain gardens were installed by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program staff and undergraduate student interns, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Camden County, Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County, Camden County Soil Conservation District, and by the 4th grade students of Lindenwold School 4. Staff from the Lindenwold Department of Public Works and the Maintenance Department at the Lindenwold Board of Education assisted with the labor of excavating the rain gardens by using a backhoe to remove a portion of the native soil, and helped by adding the topsoil and mulch to the rain gardens.The native plants that were installed in these rain gardens were purchased from Popes' Gardens.

Approval to install the rain gardens was granted by the Lindenwold School 4's Principal. These rain gardens were funded by a 319(h) grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Plant Layout:

Rain Garden Map

Plant List:

Black-eyed Susan
Butterfly Milkweed
New England Aster
Purple Coneflower
Sweet Pepperbush/Summersweet

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These rain gardens are maintained by the maintence department at the Lindenwold Board of Education.


Click here for photographs of the Lindenwold School 4 rain gardens.