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.
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.
Are you a Cleveland Metroparks Volunteer? If so you can adopt a Cleveland Metroparks Rain Garden: https://sites.google.com/view/watershedvolunteerprogram/special-projects/adopt-a-rain-garden
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. All tools, water and expertise are provided during the workday. These workdays are also open to the public. Stay tuned for workday events coming soon to our events page.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer can help with educational activities like teaching about water quality at Education Days, assisting with a Schoolyard Rain Garden project or helping table at Earth Day or similar events.
Volunteers can also help by doing photo-monitoring of public rain gardens in each season.
The Northeast Ohio Master Rain Gardener Volunteer Page has more information about this program.