Chagrin River Watershed Partners (CRWP), Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District (Cuyahoga SWCD), and Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District (Lake SWCD) are offering four 5-week Master Rain Gardener courses in 2020 that will teach participants how to design, install, and maintain residential rain gardens. This course is open to all residents and landscape professionals in Northeast Ohio and can be taken in-person or online. Each of the 5-week courses offer a two-track option, where participants can sign up for the residential certification or professional certification track. Registration for the online and in-person courses is open now.
Winter Online Course: Recorded online content beginning February 3rd with a final in-person class on Saturday, March 21st. The mandatory field day for professional track participants will be held on Saturday, May 2nd. For more information about this course and to register, visit: CRWP
Early Summer In-Person Course: Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. beginning on May 20th and running through June 17th at the Mayfield Village Community Room, with one course (June 3rd) held at the North Chagrin Nature Center in Willoughby. For more information about this course and to register, visit: http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/events/2020/05/20/master-rain-gardener-program
Summer Online Course #2: Recorded online content beginning July 17 with a final in-person class on Saturday, August 22nd. The mandatory field day for professional track participants will be held on Saturday, September 12th. For more information about this course and to register, visit: http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/events/2020/07/17/master-rain-gardener-online-program
Late Summer In-Person Course: Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. beginning on July 30th and running through August 27th, held at the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland. The mandatory field day for professional track participants will be held on Saturday, September 12th. For more information about this course and to register, visit: CRWP Both the in-person courses and online courses will include optional field trips to residential rain gardens, public rain gardens, and native plant nurseries.
Rain gardens are depressed gardens filled with native, wet-tolerant plants that are designed and located to receive water runoff from impervious surfaces like roofs, driveways, or lawns. They work with nature to collect, filter, and infiltrate this storm-water runoff. This storm-water management tool can help residents deal with flooding on their properties, prevent erosion, and incorporate aesthetically pleasing landscaping beneficial to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Rain gardens naturally manage storm-water by infiltrating precipitation and allowing it to soak into the ground rather than sending it directly to storm sewers and nearby streams untreated. When replicated across the residential landscape, rain gardens can make a big difference in protecting the water quality of our streams and Lake Erie.
The fees for registration for the online course are $50 for the residential certification track and $75 for the professional certification track, and the fees for the in-person course are $75 for the residential certification track and $100 for the professional certification track. Scholarships are available.
The 2020 Master Rain Gardener program is funded in part by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Dominion Energy Watershed Mini Grant Program, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, and the Lake Stormwater Management Department.
- For more information, contact: Laura Bonnell, Project Manager, Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc. (440) 975-2870 ext. 1002; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Elizabeth Hiser, Euclid Creek Watershed Program Manager, Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District; (216)-524-6580 ext. 1002; email@example.com
- Natalie Gertz-Young, Education/Information Coordinator, Lake Soil & Water Conservation District; (440) 350-2033; firstname.lastname@example.org
Chagrin River Watershed Partners is a nonprofit organization that uses a regional watershed approach to enhance quality of life by preserving rivers, planning for better development, and solving natural resource management problems. Sixteen communities, counties and park districts formed the Watershed Partners in 1996 to address rising infrastructure costs because of flooding, erosion, and water pollution. Today, the Partners’ 34 members, including the Village of Chagrin Falls, represent 91% of the land area in the watershed. For more information about Chagrin River Watershed Partners, visit CRWP.
Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District’s mission is to advocate and implement best management practices for conservation of land and aquatic resources in a developed environment through education, stewardship, and technical assistance. Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) main program areas are:
- Conservation and Stormwater Education
- Natural Resources and Urban Agriculture
- Storm-water Pollution Prevention Programs
- Watershed Protection Programs
For more information about Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, visit https://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/.
Lake Soil & Water Conservation District’s mission is to provide leadership and technical expertise to guide the protection and conservation of the unique soil and water resources of the county. Lake Soil & Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) main program areas are:
- Education and Outreach
- Storm-water Services
- Watershed Management
For more information about Lake Soil & Water Conservation District, visit https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/swcd