Master Rain Gardener 5-Week Course
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 rainwater 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.
This 5-week course is open to residents of Northeast Ohio and can be taken in-person or online. The online course consists of recorded webinars that can be watched at your convenience within the course timeline, allowing for more flexibility for those who are unable to attend the in-person classes. We will also offer the option for participants to join weekly live online Q&A sessions. The in-person course will be held at the Holden Arboretum located at 9550 Sperry Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094. Both the online and in-person course will include optional field trips. All participants will be required to complete all online or in-person course content, hands-on assignments, and weekly quizzes. Graduates of the course will receive a certificate, Master Rain Gardener T-shirt, and a yard sign upon course completion. *
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. This is a great educational extension program for Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists as well. To earn this certification, participants must complete the online or in-person 5-week course and install their own rain garden or adopt a public rain garden.
The Professional Certification is geared toward landscape professionals and contractors looking to install rain gardens professionally on residential properties. To earn this certification, participants are required to complete the online or in-person 5-week course, pass an exam, and either install at least one residential rain garden or attend a field day at which participants will install a public rain garden from start to finish. Upon course completion, participants will be awarded a Professional Rain Gardener Certification, which can be used to promote your expertise and as a selling point for your business. Clink on the link below for a list of professionals who completed the Northeast Ohio Professional Rain Gardener course. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement. Certified Professional Rain Gardeners in Northeast Ohio
2021 Online Course Dates:
2021 In-Person Course Dates:
Wednesday, July 21 – Wednesday, August 25
- Class 1: Wednesday, July 21, 2021. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
- Class 2: Wednesday, July 28, 2021. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
- Class 3: Wednesday, August 4, 2021. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
- Class 4: Wednesday, August 11, 2021. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
- Class 5: Wednesday, August 25, 2021. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
- Multiple field day options available (required for professional certification only)
Location: Holden Arboretum - 9550 Sperry Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094
- $75 for Residential Certification (scholarships available)
- Register for the In-person Residential Certification Course here.
- $100 for Professional Certification
- Register for the In-Person Professional Certification Course here.
- Vaccinated instructors and participants are not required to wear masks (but may wear a mask if they choose).
- Unvaccinated participants are required to wear masks and socially distance.
- A section of the classroom will be left open for unvaccinated participants or others that want to socially distance.
- Participants may not attend class if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Questions? Contact Laura Bonnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-975-3870 ext. 1002, or Kaylee Acres at email@example.com or 440-975-3870 ext. 1009.
*Programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, register early to reserve a spot. Fees must be paid in full upon registration. Program fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to another date/program unless CRWP finds it necessary to cancel a program.
Program Coordinators: Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, and Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District
Program Implementers: Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District, and Summit Soil & Water Conservation District
Program Partners: Holden Forests and Gardens, Cleveland Metroparks, and NEOPIPE
2021 Program Funders: Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Lake County Stormwater Management Department, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Section 319 Program, Western Reserve Land Conservancy Dominion Watershed Mini-Grant Program, the William Bingham Foundation, and the George Gund Foundation
Program Creator: Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office