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Rain gardens capture stormwater runoff before it pollutes our local rivers- while providing beautiful gardenscapes throughout the growing season. You can become a volunteer steward and adopt a public rain garden or you can volunteer with GIVE 365 for a one day workday. Stewards care for the plants, clean out sediment and keep the space looking beautiful with guidance and support from an expert. This program is a collaborative program between the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office. View the Public Rain Garden Map to see where the rain gardens are located. Contact Catie Wytychak at or call (734) 222-6813 for more information or to adopt a rain garden. If you are a member of a group that wants to adopt a rain garden or organize a volunteer workday, sign up through GIVE365 by emailing Melissa at Group workdays are a fun and educational way to care for a public space, learn how rain gardens work and identify common native plants and weeds. Learn more about rain gardens and the Master Rain Gardener course.

2018 Raingarden Workdays with GIVE 365

During the following dates, we will be planting and adding to established rain gardens. Let us know if you can help!

  • Monday, Sept 17th 10:30-1:30pm | Vet’s Park Dexter Ave
  • Tuesday, Sept 18th 1-4pm | Vet’s Park Dexter Ave
  • Tuesday, Sept 18th 6-8pm | Vet’s Park Dexter Ave
  • Wednesday, Sept 19th 9-11:30am | Garden Homes
  • Wednesday, Sept 19th 11:30-2:30pm | Garden Homes
  • Wednesday, Sept 19th 4:15-6pm | Garden Homes

Love a Rain Garden Day

Saturday, Sept 29 from 10-12pm | Buhr Park, 2751 Packard St, meet at the entrance to the ice arena.

We will pull weeds like Yellow Sweet Clover, Ragweed, and Canada Thistle. We will also collect and scatter native seeds from the Children's Wet Meadows to the other gardens. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. We will provide tools, gloves, water, and expertise.

1519 Fuller Road