About Us

The Northeast Ohio Master Rain Gardener Program is a 5-class course that teaches you how to design and install your own rain garden.


Course dates, volunteer workdays, plant swaps, and more!



Volunteer to be a Rain Garden Steward and help maintain public rain gardens near you.

Upcoming Course Dates


Summer 2023 In-Person Course

July 6 - August 10, 2023

Thursdays, 10am - 1pm

Lake Metroparks Lakefront Lodge

Optional field trips each week!

Professional track available - click here to learn more.


Fall 2023 Online Course

August 7 - September 15, 2023

Recorded class webinars watched at your convenience

Virtual office hours every week!

Registration coming soon!


Self Paced Online Course

Register anytime and take the online course at a pace that works for you.


Summit County Resident?

Summit Soil & Water Conservation District offers online courses for Summit County residents. 

Contact Sandy Barbic at sbarbic@summitoh.net for more information.

Hear from Past Participants

“The instructors were all so encouraging and seemed very approachable in addition to being very knowledgeable about the topics. They also injected such a sense of fun and enthusiasm into the sessions which made the experience even more enjoyable. Thanks so much for this opportunity!

I will definitely be recommending the program to friends and neighbors.”

– Melanie M.

“Thank you for providing this course. I think that this is a great benefit to our region and I hope to see multiple rain gardens on every property!”

– Kevin H.

“Presenting a variety of garden designs as well as personal garden stories was a strength of this course.  It provided students with many examples of rain gardens and showcased the diversity among them.”

– Heather D.

"I can’t express how delighted I am with these classes. Thanks to everyone.”

– Judy B.

“Thank you to all the instructors and support rain gardeners. Everyone made the course easy to go through. Also the welcoming of any question(s) and the follow up to each question was professional and friendly. No question was responded to as silly and unimportant. You made everyone feel what they are trying to do was very important.”

– Vickie H.

“This is the best garden class I have ever taken. Instructors were so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I liked that the instructors shared their own experiences building rain gardens. I loved that when the course was done I actually felt like I had the knowledge to build a rain garden.

In the past when I had read or gone to talks about rain gardens I felt overwhelmed by the idea, but now I understand the steps. Wonderful job!”

– Lisa G.

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For Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District Courses:
Kate Chapel at: kchapel@cuyahogaswcd.org

For Chagrin River Watershed Partners Courses:
Kaylee Acres at: kacres@crwp.org

For Summit Soil & Water Conservation District Courses:
Sandy Barbic at: sbarbic@summitoh.net