Accenture Workday at Kutner Park and Lanier MS

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Accenture joined us again this year for a volunteer workday on their annual Give-Back day! In partnership with the City of Fairfax Department of Parks and Recreation, we began the day working at Kutner Park in Fairfax, off of Jermantown Road near Route 50. Our crew of volunteers pulled vines where there was a dense invasion of English Ivy. They then planted some native vegetation to help enhance degraded areas of the park and prevent invasive species from regaining their footing.

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The Accenture volunteers then pickaxed their way through some tough compacted clay soil to prepare the area for Lanier Middle School students to plant.

Accenture Planting with EcoClub Students

The Accenture team then planted the bioretention cell with members of the Lanier EcoClub. Many of these students helped to envision the initial design for the rain garden while on their Stormwater Campus Tour with Lands and Waters. Sweetbay Magnolia and Lowbush Blueberry were two of the native plants selected for this area because of their high wildlife value.

Many thanks to the Accenture team, and James for pulling it all together!

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Native Planting at Tyler ES with Living Classrooms

October 24th, 2012

In partnership with Living Classroom of the National Capital Region, Jeanette and Kris work to create a sponge garden at Tyler Elementary School. In an area receiving runoff from an asphalted playground, a stormwater snake is installed near a drain to help infiltrate and filter water. Working with the second graders, the area was mulched and planted with grey sedge. There is still much work to do and many plants to be installed, but we are off to a great start!