Master Rain Gardener Program: Online Residential Certification

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Master Rain Gardener Program: Online Residential Certification

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 guidance and feedback through virtual office hours 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. The course will be held online and provide weekly course materials that can be reviewed at times that work with your own schedule.

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.

To complete certification, residential track participants are required to completed all course materials and install their own rain garden, adopt a public rain garden, rehab a public rain garden, or participate in a public rain garden installation. Graduates will receive a Master Rain Gardener t-shirt, yard sign, and a certificate of completion.

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 Sarah Brunot ( to learn more about our scholarship opportunities.

Online Course Dates:

Monday, January 30 - Friday, March 10

The online course consists of recorded webinars that can be watched at your convenience within the course timeline. Participants may join weekly live office hours where they can receive customized instructor feedback on homework. We also invite our participants to join our active Facebook community where they can discuss course progress with alumni, instructors, and staff from local conservation organizations.

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