People are to celebrate the opening of a rain garden at Franciscan Earth Literacy Center Saturday afternoon.
Katie Spotz, a Girl Scout who holds the world record for the youngest person to row solo across an ocean, is to assist with the celebration.
The garden was funded by Tiffin Charitable Foundation and was designed and built by Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts. Heidelberg University provided guidance for the project.
The project sought to introduce girls to Girl Scouts and to work with existing Girl Scouts to teach them about environmental awareness. The culmination of the "Go Green" program was to build a rain garden next to the zero-energy house at Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, said Linda Harvey, environmental and outdoor educational specialist for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio.
"The girls have been working and learning all summer about various environmental issues," she said.
Harvey said the rain garden is built in layers so that when the run-off water goes through it, toxins and impurities get caught in the roots of the plants and the layer of sand. She said when it gets into underground bodies of water, it is purer. The water eventually makes its way into water systems.
How to participate
The celebration is 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., and includes remarks by Katie Spotz, hands-on demonstrations, games and snacks. The event is free.
The garden, measuring about 25 feet by 12 feet, is home to plants that all are native to Ohio. Water from the zero-energy house and the surrounding area will run through the garden, Harvey said.
Saturday's event is free and is to include various activities. Spotz, whose cause is to help provide fresh drinking water for everyone on the planet, is to show a 20-minute slide presentation and answer questions.
"She was a Girl Scout and is now an adult Girl Scout," Harvey said.