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 for 9 years, 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.  Help us spread the word in the tradition of the Master Gardener program by becoming a Master Rain Gardener Volunteer. 

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!!”

- 2013 Class Feedback 

Thursday mornings 9:30am-12:30, February 26 – March 26, 2015. 

Participants must attend all five classes, 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, Shannan Gibb-Randall, PLA

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 Linda Brzezinski 734-994-2300 x53203 or mailing your check and this form c/o her to: Rec & Ed, 1515 S. Seventh St, Ann Arbor MI 48103.   

  • You will need to write a short paragraph answering these questions:  1) Tell us a little about your gardening experience.  2) Are you a Master Gardener? (not required) 3) Why do you want to become a Master Rain Gardener?
  • Residents along Miller Avenue (Newport to Maple), Mitchell neighborhood (between Packard, Platt, Charing Cross and Lorraine Streets), W. Madison Street, Stone School Road, and Easy Street receive a discount.  E-mail for details.

Coming Soon! Online Master Rain Gardener Class

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

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 this class, e-mail to be put on the list.

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

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