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Badger Rock Middle studied biodiversity and water filtration to understand how native prairie plants help to improve the environment. Students began a design process to turn a large drainage basin on school grounds in to a "learning lab" and to restore the land to a wetland prairie. They used available resources to turn 1000 sq feet of the drainage basin from lawn to wetland prairie, and they'd like to continue their work on this project. "Like" to vote for this entry to win a grant from FedEx!
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