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Master Rain Gardener Volunteer Program

Train as a Master Rain Gardener, and become a volunteer resource for your neighborhood.

Roger Moon sharing his complete rain gardenWashtenaw County  has been planting rain gardens since 2005, and in that time we have learned a thing or two about what makes them successful.  Come train with us to be a Master *Rain* Gardener.  During class you will design your own rain garden step-by-step. Share your knowledge in the tradition of the Master Gardener volunteer program.  Become your neighborhood's expert on rain gardens!

Rain Gardens filter and cool storm water so that our streams and rivers run clean.  It is a nonpoint solution for nonpoint source pollution.  Anyone can plant one in their own back yard.  Visit the Master Rain Gardener Hall of Fame (photos).

Master Rain Gardener Training Class

“Excellent class, well-managed & very informative.”

“With the class, I feel confident.  But I would not have tackled this project without taking the class.”

“I find myself driving/walking and looking for houses that need rain gardens!”

“Great class!!”


- Student Feedback 

Thursday mornings 9:30am-12:30, February 25 – March 24, 2016. 

Participants must attend all five classes, dig and plant a rain garden to receive their Master Rain Gardener certificate.  

Location:  705 N. Zeeb, MSU Extension Classroom  

Cost:  $90  (Scholarships available)

Instructors:  Susan Bryan, MLA &  Harry Sheehan of the Water Resources Commissioner's Office, Shannan Gibb-Randall, RLA of InSite Design Studio.

Questions?  or 734-730-9025

To register for the class, use the Rec & Ed registration page - click HERE.  Or, register in person/phone/mail by calling Jolly Seema 734-994-2300 x53203 or mailing your check and this form c/o/ her to: Rec & Ed ,1515 S. Seventh Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.  

  • You will need to write a short paragraph answering these questions:  1) What kind of gardener are you?  2) Are you a Master Gardener? (not required) 3) Why do you want to become a Master Rain Gardener?
  • Residents of these neighborhoods receive a discount:  Miller Avenue (Newport to Maple), Scarlett Mitchell neighborhood (between Packard, Platt, Charing Cross and Lorraine Streets), Stone School Road (Ellsworth to I-94), the Arbor Oaks Park/Bryant Elementary School neighborhood, Kingsley/First Street, Easy Street, and neighborhoods within walkable distance to these parks: Veterans Park, West Park, Olson Park, Garden Homes Park .  E-mail for details.

Online Master Rain Gardener Training Class

Wednesday lunchtimes 12:00-1:00pm July 1-29, 2015 Online

Will be offered during summer 2016 too!  Stay tuned . . . 

Master Rain Gardener certification class, but in a live webinar format.   Participants must attend all 5 classes, and build a rain garden to earn their Master Rain Gardener certification.

If you would like to be sent a registration link when it becomes available for the next class, e-mail to be put on the list.

Cost:  FREE   (funded by an MDEQ grant, and the City of Ann Arbor)

Online Master Rain Gardener Training Website

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Environmental Excellence Partnership Program

We are launching a new program to assist businesses and non-profit organizations in recognizing, developing and implementing environmentally sound behavior in the areas of water quality protection, waste reduction & recycling and pollution prevention. There are three opportunities for participation:

  1. Community Partners for Clean Streams
  2. Pollution Prevention
  3. Waste Knot

Participation in more than one program is welcome and encouraged! Learn more on our brand new E2P2 website.

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