Rainwater Harvesting Techniques


Rainwater Harvesting Techniques

At RAVEN’S NEST NATURE SANCTUARY we’ve minimized the need for irrigation by planting only native species with low water requirements and by using both Active & Passive Rain Water Harvesting Techniques.  We’ve designed all our rehabilitated Wildlife Habitat, Food Gardens, and our Orchard to benefit from these methods.  We practice efficient, deep watering with the rain water that we harvest and store during the Monsoon and Winter rains.  The results have been both tangible and delicious!

At our Nature and Science Discovery Center we are able to actively harvest over 20,000 gallons of precious rainwater from the metal roof. This water is piped into our large Wildlife Pond, where most is sequestered into 2 large metal cisterns for storage and subsequent use. However, we always leave sufficient water in our pond as a resource for local species of wildlife. Most of our re-used rainwater benefits our Organic Garden as well as numerous wildlife Habitat plantings around the Nature & Science Discovery Center.

Additionally, we passively harvest large amounts of rainwater through our extensive system of earthen berms. These mounds of earth benefit numerous plants by allowing rainwater that would otherwise run off to soak into the ground instead.

Together, our active and passive Rainwater Harvesting Systems greatly benefit a broad spectrum of Native Plants and Wildlife.