Environmental Education allows students to learn about their waterways and through environmental stewardship. The following teaching guides were provided by EarthEcho International. Learn more about EarthEcho International at: https://www.earthecho.org/
MAKE A SPLASH (Grades 4-6)
Going Blue (Grades 7 and Up)
Note: Going Blue has Common Core Standards for Grade 7
Step 1: Prepare your barrel
Sand your barrel with sandpaper thoroughly, removing gloss texture of plastic
Step 2: Prime your barrel
Use latex-based primer and paint two coats on the barrel. Be sure to leave dry for 48 hours between coats.
Step 3: Paint your barrel
Have fun! Let dry for at least 2 days.
Step 4: Apply Semi-Gloss
Apply two coats of gloss on the barrel. Be sure to leave dry for 48 hours between coats.
Step 1: Pick installation location
Site must be leveled to accommodate 24-inch diameter barrel.
Optional: Add sand or crushed stone as base
Step 2: Downspout preparation
If using the Rain Barrel Depot kit, use this guide.
Step 3: Connect your rain barrel
Check set-up before use.
We understand that each classroom is different. The program can be completed at your classroom's pace.
Routinely check your barrel and gutters to make sure there is no debris build up that could block the flow of water to your barrel.
Yes! Before installation, make certain that all gutters are cleaned. Debris in gutters could be washed into the barrel and could clog the water flow in the gutter, or out of the barrel.
Make sure to empty your barrel monthly to ensure that there is no algae buildup inside the barrel. If you suspect there may be some buildup, a cap of chlorine bleach poured into the barrel will take care of the algae. This small amount will not be harmful to any plants should you choose to water them with the contents of the barrel.
Every few years, clean the inside of the barrel using a solution consisting of 2 teaspoons of vinegar and 2 teaspoons of organic soap per gallon of water. Be sure that after cleaning, the barrel is thoroughly rinsed.
1. Disconnect the barrel from your downspout and put the downspout back in its original position.
2. Remove any other items connected to the rain barrel and store inside.
IMPORTANT: Drain the rain barrel completely. Any significant amount of water left in the barrel will freeze and possibly crack the barrel.
You can leave your barrel outside during the winter if you choose, but it must be emptied. The barrel's high density material makes it durable, but the brass spigot and harvesting system may not hold up well in the freezing weather.
Do NOT drink the water collected into the barrel! Watering your garden, or washing your car, are some uses for the collected water!
Studies show that the overall water quality coming from a rain barrel is very good and the water from a rain barrel can be safely utilized to irrigate herb/vegetable gardens. However, caution should still be taken to put the harvested rainwater directly on the soil rather than on the leaves of the edible plants.