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Now is the perfect time to get involved with protecting our freshwater resources with volunteer events, free training and education classes and family-friendly activities throughout the year!

BECOME A MASTER RAIN GARDENER

This winter, design your own home rain garden with support from southeast 
Michigan’s top rain garden design educators!

Apply now for the Winter 2022 Master Rain Gardener Training Program,
taking place Thursday mornings in March.

This virtual course includes one-on-one feedback from expert instructors, small group breakout Q&A community building sessions,
as well as inspiring in-person rain garden tours across southeast Michigan.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE WINTER 2022 COURSE


Can’t join on Thursday mornings? You can always take the free, self-paced version of the class instead.
PROJECT PARTNERS

Partners from across southeast Michigan have come together to offer the largest ever Master Rain Gardener Training Course, with capacity for over one hundred students drawn from across all of southeast Michigan. Students will be paired with expert instructors from their region, enjoying both one-on-one support and the friendly support of a small peer group of no more then ten fellow students.

ABOUT THE MASTER RAIN GARDENER TRAINING PROGRAM


The Master Rain Gardener Training Program began in Washtenaw County in 2010, developed by Susan Bryan, Harry Sheehan, and Shannan Gibb-Randall. Since that time, hundreds of gardeners have earned certification as a Master Rain Gardener and built beautiful rain gardens! Rain Gardens filter and cool stormwater so that our streams and rivers run clean. It is a nonpoint solution for nonpoint source pollution. During class, you will…

  • Design your own rain garden step-by-step
  • Receive friendly encouragement each step of the way from course instructors, past graduates, and fellow students
  • Become your neighborhood’s expert on rain gardens!

ABOUT THE MASTER RAIN WINTER 2022 COURSE     DETAILS


TIME: 10am – Noon
DATES: Five Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, and April 7
TOURS: Afternoons on March 3 (Ann Arbor area) and March 24 (Plymouth Area), with additional tour dates and locations TBD
LOCATION: VIRTUAL, with an in-person outdoor tour
COST: $89 Early Bird Rate ($380 value; sliding scale scholarships available, minimum fee of $20)
$145 for applications received after Feb 17th

Participants must attend all five classes and plant (OR adopt) a rain garden to earn their Master Rain Gardener certificate, garden sign, and t-shirt.


For nearly 50 years, the Clinton River Watershed Council has been connecting communities to their freshwater resources through education, workshops and presentations.

STORMWATER EDUCATION

The CRWC provides educational opportunities and technical expertise to a range of audiences including elected and appointed officials, city planners, engineers, municipal staff, businesses, residents and students of all ages. To schedule your free Stormwater Presentation or to learn more about this program, click here.

RIVERSAFE LAKESAFE

This free, public education campaign raises awareness and recognizes residents, homeowners and businesses within the Clinton River Watershed who incorporate best management practices to keep freshwater resources clean and healthy. To get started on your RiverSafe LakeSafe Survey or to learn more about this program, click here.

ADOPT-A-STREAM 

This program trains, equips and empowers residents of all ages to monitor and collect scientific data about their local creeks, streams and rivers. This volunteer-based initiative offers free training through the CRWC and helps address water quality issues in our region. To learn more about how to monitor water quality, click here.

BUG ID CERTIFICATION

For volunteers who are interested in learning more about aquatic insects and macroinvertebrates, the CRWC offers a free bug identification course through our Adopt-A-Stream Program. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to get “Bug ID Certified!”

    

 

 

available presentations


  • RiverSafe LakeSafe
  • Stormwater 101
  • Your Home. Your Community. Your Watershed.
  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  • Septic Care and Maintenance
  • Protecting Water Quality in Winter
  • Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels
  • Green Infrastructure Systems
  • Native Landscaping for Pollinators and Clean Water
  • Enviroscape Demo
  • Microplastics, Waterways, and You

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES


 

 

past recorded presentations

 

RAIN GARDENS & RAIN BARRELS

Recorded June 3, 2020
Click here to watch the presentation

STORMWATER 101

Recorded February 11, 2021

 

RIVER RALLY 2021

Recorded March 11, 2021

PROTECTING WATER QUALITY

Recorded March, 2021

WaterTowns Webinar:
Art & Culture Heritage

Recorded April 28, 2021

  

        

   

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