Take Action: Install Rain Barrels

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:

  • Learn how to install rain barrels around their school or house
  • Learn how rain barrels act as a means of diverting rainwater that may lead into possible flooding

Curriculum Connections

  • Grades 8 - 12
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Length of Activity

1.5 – 2 hours

Materials List

  • Rain barrels
  • Downspout diversion kit
  • 1 - 2 paving stones 24 x 24 inches 
  • 2 - 4 cinder blocks
  • 1 - 3 bags of fine gravel
  • Screen to cover the rain barrel


  • Rakes 
  • Shovels 
  • Gloves 
  • Screw gun 
  • Metal cutters 
  • Level 2 ft or 4 ft (to ensure the base is level when placing the paving stones and cinder blocks) 
  • Old hose piece to connect two rain barrels, in case you are using more than 1 rain barrel 
  • Hose connector kit from home hardware stores to connect two or more barrels

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