Circle Revitalization Project 2021

A cropped image of an white blueprint with black and grey lines showing a topographic map of the circle project at WheatonArts.

The Circle Revitalization Project was a Success!

CU Maurice River, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, & WheatonArts teamed up again, this time to transform our entrance’s traffic circle! Funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, this revitalizing project aims to protect the local drinking water supply while supporting pollinators and bird populations.

Thanks to a fantastic group of volunteers, the WheatonArts entrance circle now hosts a selection of native hosts and food plants that will provide much-needed sustenance for pollinators, beneficial insects, and birds. The rain gardens installed will promote the percolation and filtration of approximately 230,000 gallons of water per year to support healthy aquatic habitats and clean drinking water supplies for future generations.

The Circle Revitalizing Project, which took SIX labor-filled days to transform the space into an urban oasis, was made possible thanks to a caring and environmentally-minded community! We graciously thank all of our hard-working volunteers, from weeks of nurturing seedlings to the heavy lifting of digging and building the garden beds to planting the grounds.

We thank our incredible project partners, CU Maurice River – Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, for their dedicated project time, manpower, and resources provided. THANK YOU!

We are grateful to extend our thanks to Carol and Bob Marceluk, and Susan McKenna for their generous donation of 1,000 plants and Peter Galetto and Northeast Precast for expert backhoe operations.

To learn more about this environmental project, please read this article written by Karla Rossini, CU Maurice River’s Executive Director. 

We hope everyone comes out to see this community-built oasis and enjoy the interpreted Nature Trail that runs through our campus.
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Community Planting Day photos from the project are below.
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CU Maurice River and WheatonArts’ ongoing partnership is based on developing environmental stewardship and creating outdoor educational spaces on the Center’s grounds. The results have been installing various wildlife management features, the improvement of forest areas, and creating an interpretative Nature Trail

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