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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.

2017 Raingarden Workdays with GIVE 365

Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena Rain Garden and Park Cleanup Workday
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-noon
Meet at the entrance to the ice arena. Help weed a newly replanted rain garden. This rain garden was replanted to have low-growing plants below tall sycamore trees and shorter redbud trees. We need your help in weeding around these new plants. Learn about rain gardens and how to identify weeds. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. We will provide tools, gloves, water and expertise.

1519 Fuller Road