Category: Research

NDSU Generates New Discoveries

North Dakota State University students presented their work during 2017 NDSU EXPLORE, an event showcasing undergraduate research and other creative scholarly activities. This fall, four Natural Resources Management students presented their research taking place at World Garden Commons under the advisement of Jack Norland, Associate Professor of NRM. Don Vererka presented what he and Logan…
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November 10, 2017 0

Students Practice Stream Restoration

  Members of the Natural Resources Management Club and Wildlife Society at NDSU spent an evening placing rocks in the water near the confluence of the two inlets under the advice of Natural Resources Management Professor, Jack Norland, PhD. The World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park is the stormwater pond restoration pilot for The Fargo…
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October 10, 2017 0

The Fargo Project Research Opportunity

We need your help. Through conversations and interviews, participation in art activities and public events at World Garden Commons, Rabanus Park, many people have contributed to The Fargo Project through community interest and professional association. Some of you have received an email to participate in a survey to determine how people involved in The Fargo Project…
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September 26, 2017 0

What’s Growing On?

Much of the work at World Garden Commons is to reestablish prairie grass and flowers within the 18-acre stormwater pond. An established prairie can better absorb rainfall, promote soil conservation, provide habitat for animals and is simply beautiful. The Game and Fish Department of North Dakota assembled a guide describing 50 species of prairie wildflowers…
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August 29, 2017 0

Going Native

In 2012 the Rabanus Park stormwater basin looked like the rest of the stormwater basins in the city: short grass, yellow with dandelions in the spring, and home to a few geese. In short, quite ugly. Today, the World Garden Commons basin is becoming a home to a bouquet of prairie grasses, flowers, pollinators, songbirds,…
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August 9, 2017 0

July 16 – Family Water Festival

DAY: July 16, 2017 TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 PM, July 16 2:00 PM Illustrated History with Steve Stark TITLE: Family Water Festival at World Garden Commons WHERE: Rabanus Park 4301 18th Ave So, Fargo Hosted by: River Keepers Families can learn about our wet natural resources to appreciate water in the World Garden Commons and the watershed. Fun…
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July 10, 2017 0

Placemaking in Practice

Ten years ago, who would have thought a bare, mowed stormwater basin in Fargo, ND could be a transformed into gathering space, community gardens, ecologically restored and nationally recognized? Creative placemaking, is a relatively new approach which crosses art and culture with design in infrastructure and development projects. The results of the creative placemaking approach…
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June 1, 2017 0

People of The Fargo Project: Ben Bauer, Restoring Frogs

Ben Bauer, a NDSU Natural Resource Management graduate student, will reintroduce frogs into a restored urban wetland habitat and monitor the success of the reintroduced frogs. This fulfills one of the goals for World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park—to create an interactive area for the residents of Fargo to enjoy the sights and sounds of…
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May 29, 2017 0

Earth Day Brought a Chorus of Frogs to World Garden Commons

On Earth Day 25 bags of trash was picked up and an uncounted number of tadpoles and frog eggs released into the World Garden Commons stormwater basin. 40 adults and children gathered to learn that much of the trash, often carried by the wind, comes from nearby dumpsters while smaller partials of litter mostly made…
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April 27, 2017 0

Finding Space for Research

While the World Garden Commons is designed as a community gathering space, research conducted there is helping us understand natural urban spaces. Last year, North Dakota State University researchers kicked off numerous projects in the stormwater basin. Their research data will provide important information for planners and community members who will make decisions about stormwater…
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February 24, 2017 0