Master Rain Gardener 5-Week Course

“The course has exceeded my expectations going in. Your whole team has done an outstanding job preparing us for our individual Rain Garden projects.” – 2019 Master Rain Gardener Graduate
In collaboration with several conservation organizations in Northeast Ohio, Chagrin River Watershed Partners is offering the 5-week Master Rain Gardener course again in 2020. This course will teach you how to install rain gardens on a residential scale. 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. 
This five-week course is open to residents and landscape professionals in Northeast Ohio and can be taken in-person or online. Each course offers a two-track option, where participants can choose to receive a residential or a professional Master Rain Gardner certification. Both residential track and professional track graduates will receive a Master Rain Gardener t-shirt, yard sign, and a certificate of completion. Professionals will also have to option to be listed on a public website of Northeast Ohio Professional Master Rain Gardeners.
The online course begins on February 3rd and the in-person course begins on July 30th. Registration is open now!


Healthy Forests for Healthy Streams

Healthy streamside forests help filter nutrients and sediment, shade and cool the water, and provide wildlife habitat. Check out this new video produced as part of a project funded in part by the Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund to enhance the health of forests draining to high-quality streams in the Chagrin and lower Grand River watersheds.

Project partners and local funders include The Holden ArboretumCleveland MetroparksGeauga Park DistrictLake County Soil and Water Conservation District (Ohio)Lake County, OH: Stormwater Management DepartmentLake MetroparksWestern Reserve Land Conservancy - Dominion Energy mini-grant program, Village of Gates Mills, Village of Moreland Hills, Think Media Studios, Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve, Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity, Cleveland Museum of Natural History Trout Club, and Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders.  See video below.

Forests in northeast Ohio provide many important values to communities including scenic beauty, recreation, stormwater management and flood…


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