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Girl Scouts painting for Rain Barrel Art Project


Amelia, OH — Girl Scout Troop 49687 has been selected to paint rain barrels as part of the fifth annual Rain Barrel Art Project, an initiative designed to educate the community about water conservation and pollution caused by storm water runoff.

The Rain Barrel Art Project is a joint effort of and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. As part of this initiative, students and other community members throughout the Ohio River Valley submitted artistic designs to beautify otherwise dull rain barrels. About 50 of those designs were selected, and the submitting artists now are painting them on rain barrels that will be displayed at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Go Green Garden through April and auctioned off during the Rain Barrel Art Benefit Auction on April 20, 2017. New this year, bids also will be accepted online via eBay.

“Rain barrels are a great tool for conserving water and saving money, but some people are reluctant to use them because of their usually plain, unappealing appearance,” said John Nelson, a representative of and a public relations specialist. “We believe that turning rain barrels into beautiful works of art will make them more desirable, so we’re pleased to collaborate on this event to raise awareness and encourage the use of rain barrels throughout the region.”

Girl Scout Troop 49687 was selected to paint one rain barrel for this year’s event. The participating Girl Scouts are working under the leadership of their troop leaders. The barrel represents conserving water the Girl Scout way with a beautiful rainbow and flowers made from the girls’ handprints. The girls worked together to come up with the design and painted the barrel with little assistance from their leaders. This was the troop’s first big community project, and the girls enjoyed expressing their creativity while learning to better their environment.

The painted rain barrels will be auctioned off on April 20, 2017, during the zoo’s Party for the Planet event, with proceeds benefitting conservation education in the Ohio River Valley. “The zoo is thrilled to be hosting the rain barrel event once again. As the ‘Greenest Zoo in America,’ we are always looking for ways to inspire our community to take action that can impact the environment in positive ways,” said Sophia Cifuentes, the zoo’s sustainability coordinator.

For more information regarding the Rain Barrel Art Project or, contact John Nelson at 513-772-7645 or visit

Girls wishing to join Girl Scouts and participate in community Take Action projects like this can visit or call the regional Girl Scout Service Center at 888.350.5090.