Master Rain Gardeners work on the rain gardens at Thurston Elementary School

Rain Garden Volunteering

You can get involved in your neighborhood rain gardens by adopting a public rain garden, joining a workday or helping a nearby school on their schoolyard rain garden. If you have a group that would like to adopt a rain garden or organize a workday, we would be happy to coordinate!

Rain Garden Stewards

Stewards adopt a single rain garden and care for it throughout the year. Often stewards will remove weeds, collect seeds, prune shrubs, trim back vegetation, dead head and remove sediment. Some volunteers work in pairs, while others work on their own. No experience necessary! As long as you are willing to learn, we can teach you everything you need to know to be a rain garden steward. 

Rain Garden Maintenance Factsheets

You can become a Master Rain Gardener by taking the in-person or online class and then volunteering for one year as a rain garden steward. 

Group Rain Garden Volunteer Workdays

Groups of volunteers from a variety of organizations such as schools, businesses, non-profits, churches, boy & girl scout troops, have volunteered together to care for public rain gardens. Activities during workdays often include weeding, planting, transplanting, seed collecting, pruning and sediment removal. Most workdays are between 2 to 3 hours long and include a nature walk. All tools, water and expertise are provided during the workday. 

Love-A-Park Rain Garden Workdays

Seasonal workdays are scheduled each year in a variety of rain gardens located within City of Ann Arbor parks. These workdays are open to the public. Next year’s Love-A-Park Workdays are listed in our upcoming events page.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer can help with educational activities like teaching about water quality at Rural Education Days, assisting with a Schoolyard Rain Garden projects or helping table at Earth Day or similar events.

Volunteers can also help by doing photo-monitoring of public rain gardens in each season. 

Be a Rain Garden Resource in your Neighborhood 

  • Help out Master Rain Gardeners-in-training on the forum, in the Facebook group, or in class in-person. 
  • Document your rain garden in some cool way that we could share online. YouTube? Stop motion photography? Be creative!
  • Share your rain garden: have a garden party where you show off your rain garden. Put your garden on a local garden tour.  Invite a local garden club.
  • Give rain garden advice on social media. Does someone have a yard drainage question? Speak up!

If you would like to learn more about any of the volunteer programs, contact Catie Wytychak at [email protected] or call 734-222-6813.