Rain Barrel Auction Promotes Conservation, Children's Camps

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With the help of a 55-gallon-drum Rita Orton cultivates flowers, grows vegetables and maintains a rain garden.

"With the little bit of rain that we had today, our rain barrel was about a-third full," said Orton who already own a rain barrel.

Now she'll double her water conservation efforts, thanks to a second rain barrel she purchased at an auction which will benefit children's camps through the Pioneer Park Nature Center.

Saturday marked the second annual Natures Market festival and in the spirit of all the rain we've received, 25-rain-barrels hand painted by local artists and children were auctioned off.

"An average rain barrel holds 55-gallons of water," Orton said. "That means that a half an inch of rain will fill the rain barrel."

Amanda Meder, an environmental health educator for the City of Lincoln, helped come up with the idea to pair environmentalism with art.

"The reason we did this is to encourage people to learn about the simple things they can do to conserve water and reduce storm water runoff," said Meder.

And the money raised is going to a good cause.

"It's a wonderful opportunity to help the community and to know that children are going to be able to attend camp that might not be able to attend otherwise," said Orton.

All natures market proceeds will go to Pioneers Park Nature Center's scholarship program for summer camp and preschool classes for low income children who wouldn't otherwise be able to participate.

"The whole thing feels really good," said Meder. "Not only are people excited about rain barrels and rain water conservation, but they're also raising money for kids who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford camp. So when you combine nature and also children and learning, it's just a really great thing."

A good thing which is aiming to help save money, the environment, and children - one rain barrel at a time.

A garage sale will also be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 30 through Saturday, May 2 at 3400 S. 34th St. in Lincoln. For more information, click on the Hot Button.