Master Rain Gardener Program: In-Person Residential Certification

Master Rain Gardener Program: In-Person Residential Certification

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Penitentiary Glen Reservation

8668 Kirtland Chardon Road

Willoughby, OH 44094

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This course will teach you how to manage rain water in your own yard by enabling you to design and install a rain garden.

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Rain gardens work with nature to collect and filter rainwater that runs off impervious surfaces like rooftops and driveways. Impervious surfaces lead to increases in surface runoff and often result in increased flooding and stream bank erosion. As water travels over impervious surfaces it also has the potential to pick up pollutants. Polluted stormwater runoff enters our rivers and lakes and is one of the leading threats to water quality in the U.S.

This Master Rain Gardener Program will teach you how to manage rain water and localized flooding in your own yard. Rain gardens naturally manage stormwater by infiltrating precipitation and allowing it to soak into the ground rather than sending it directly to storm sewers and nearby streams untreated. Experienced instructors will provide customized feedback which will enable you to design and install a rain garden. Topics will include site assessment, soil analysis, design, construction, plant selection, mulching, and maintenance. Each class will be followed by an optional field trip to a local rain garden.

The Residential Certification is geared toward homeowners who would like to install a rain garden in their own yard and serve as the neighborhood expert on rain gardens.

2022 In-person Course Dates:

• Class 1: Wednesday, August 3, 2022. 10:00 am-2:00 pm*

• Class 2: Wednesday, August 10, 2022. 10:00 am-2:00 pm*

• Class 3: Wednesday, August 17, 2022. 10:00 am-2:00 pm*

• Class 4: Wednesday, August 24, 2022. 10:00 am-2:00 pm*

• Class 5: Wednesday, September 7, 2022. 10:00 am-2:00 pm*

*Light refreshments will be provided. Participants will have the opportunity to attend optional field trips to local rain gardens and nurseries after each class!

Unable to make all the classes? A hybrid option is available!

We offer an online course that follows the same content as the in-person course. If you need to miss any classes, you can watch the online portion to keep up to date.

Need-based scholarships are available!

We are committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive program that is accessible to all Ohio residents. Please reach out to Olivia Drabiak ( to learn more about our scholarship opportunities.

COVID-19 Policy

All necessary precautions for COVID-19 will be put in place and communicated with participants as the course date approaches.

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