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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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
West Park Rain Garden Love a Park Day & Nature Walk
Thursday, May 10th from 9-12pm | Meet at Chapin Street Parking Lot
During this public workday, volunteers and GIVE 365 staff will go on a nature walk to learn more about rain gardens. Water Resources Commissioner's staff will lead the training on why rain gardens are important, how they are built and how to care for them into the future. We will also remove spring invasives and practice plant identification. 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.
Hunt Park Rain Garden Love a Park Day
Saturday, July 21st from 10-12pm | Meet at the Hunt Park playground, 1035 Daniel Street in Ann Arbor
Join us on this summer day to tackle the thistle that is throughout the rain garden. We will also be doing a park cleanup to make sure the playground and fields are looking their best. Learn how this rain garden stores and cleans water that lands on the grassy fields. If there is time, we will walk to Belize Park and work in the rain garden there as well. 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.