Rain Garden Training Opportunity for North Coast

New rain garden at work in front of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Visitor Center. Photo by Will George, NPS.

The rain brings many benefits for North Coast watersheds, business owners, cities and residents. But it can also be a bane if–as stormwater runoff–it carries pollutants or causes floods in local streams. Capturing, controlling and filtering some of this stormwater runoff in rain gardens is one way to help beautify landscapes while improving the health of watersheds.

The purpose of the training is to help residential gardeners, landscape contractors, planners, public works employees and others learn the skills needed to design, build and maintain rain gardens and serve as local resources to other community members interested in building them.

Trainers: Robert Emanuel, Oregon State University Extension Service and Oregon Sea Grant, and Colby Weathers, Native Landscape Design, LLC.

How to prepare: This is a hands-on train-the-trainers course. Dress for both indoor and outdoor training components.

When: Saturday, April 23rd, 8:30AM – 5:00 PM Please register on-line by Monday, April 18th*

Where: Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Ft. Clatsop Visitor Center, Netul Room 92343 Fort Clatsop Road, Astoria, Oregon 97103

Cost: $30.00; cost includes lunch, Oregon Rain Garden Guide and additional materials. Oregon State Landscape Contractors Board Certification of Continuing Education Hours available.

To register: extension.oregonstate.edu/watershed/rain-gardens

For more information, call me at: 503-842-5708 x 210.

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