Rain Garden Tour

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The 7th Annual Rain Garden Tour, presented by Fayette County Public Schools and Bluegrass Greensource, is on Sunday, September 22nd.  Six area rain gardens and their native plants will be showcased in the tour from 2:00 – 5:00 P.M.

One of the stops is the Locust Trace Agriscience Farm where you can tour their net zero waste facilities and 3 rain gardens.  As part of their Native Plant Program, they will also hold a native plant sale.  Proceeds of the sale will go to their education programs.

Three Fayette County Public Schools’ rain gardens will also be stops on the tour.  They include:

Beaumont Middle School – 2080 Georgian Way

Henry Clay High School – 2100 Fontaine Road.

Athens-Chilesburg Elementary – 930 Jouett Creek Drive

The tour is open to the public and is a self-guided.  This is a great opportunity to see unique rain gardens and talk to experts about rain gardens, their benefits and features.  Light refreshments will be provided.

So come, enjoy and learn about what our public school are doing to protect their water quality.  If you are interested in more information on rain gardens and the tours, contact: Kara Sayles at Kara@bgGreensource.org.

Keep an eye on our website for upcoming Rain Garden workshops at www.bgGreensource.org


Popular Energy Tour is Back

Coal Tour

Calling all Central Kentucky Teachers who are interested in learning and teaching about Kentucky’s energy sources!  Our popular Energy Tour is coming soon and we want you to join us on October 24-25th.  But space is limited so teachers must sign up as soon as you can.

Thanks to funding provided by the Department of Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), we are able to offer this two-day tour to Central KY teachers to highlight Kentucky’s developing alternative energy technologies as well as traditional energy sources.  One day will be spent touring EKU’s Center for Renewable & Alternative Fuel Technologies (CRAFT), Berea College’s Ecovillage, a Berea solar farm and the KY Coal Mine Museum.  The second day will be spent in the Teco Mine in Hazard.  Yes, we said “IN” the Teco mine where you will experience first-hand deep earth mining and learn about coal extraction surface mining techniques.  Finally, a panel discussion will cover the advantages and disadvantages of different energy technologies.

As a follow-up to the tour, our environmental educators will host a series of classroom lessons for tour participants about the history of coal in Kentucky, extraction techniques of coal and alternative energies.  Additionally, participating teachers will have the opportunity to schedule an energy related field trip for their classroom.

If you are a Central Kentucky teacher and interested in joining us, please email Pattie Stivender at pattie@bgGreensource.org for more detail information.