We are installing a rain garden at the Kessler Outdoor Classroom, located at our offices in the Historic Ozark Mountain Smokehouse in Fayetteville and we need your help! Volunteers will assist in planting specially-selected native plants that will help with slowing runoff and filtering pollutants, providing cleaner water in the Illinois River Watershed. We are hosting a volunteer planting day from 9:00-11:00am on Friday September 9. After the planting, Frank Sharp will provide his increasingly famous wood-fired pizzas to all volunteers.
NWALT was awarded a Green Infrastructure Grant from Illinois River Watershed Partnership to install a rain garden to capture runoff from the roof and parking lot at the Ozark Mountain Smokehouse. Funding for Green Infrastructure projects through IRWP was awarded by US EPA and Arkansas Natural Resources Commission’s Non-Point Source grant program.
This rain garden will serve as an educational tool for the students & community as part of the Kessler Mountain Outdoor Classroom & Nature Center, which is supported in part by the Arkansas Forestry Commission’s Urban Forestry Program and the U. S. Forest Service. The rain garden will be used as a demonstration of what individuals can do to promote water quality for this growing region.
Join us for this fun and educational volunteer opportunity and enjoy a delicious lunch! Thank you for your dedication to water quality in Northwest Arkansas!