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!
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”