Rain gardens: a beautiful way for you to reduce runoff pollution!

Rain gardens, small, shallow areas filled with beautiful native plants, reduce polluted runoff from entering Wisconsin’s waters. Creating a rain garden is a great way for homeowners, schools, businesses, churches, and other organizations to help protect our lakes and streams. Rain garden plants capture 30% more water than a regular lawn and filter that water into the ground. This reduces the amount of water containing household fertilizers, pesticides, oils, and other contaminants coming from our roofs, lawns, driveways, or parking lots running into storm sewers. Rain gardens are also a delight to view and are a nice place for birds and butterflies to live.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources invites you to help clean up our waters by building your own rain garden!

Educators! Order your Rain Garden Educator’s Kit here!

Filled with sample workshop materials and updated in 2010, the UW-Extension Natural Resources Education Program and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Runoff Management Section are pleased to offer you a Rain Garden Educator's Kit. The kit also contains:

  • case studies;
  • three PowerPoint™ presentations;
  • a digital photo library;
  • links to other rain garden resources on the Web;
  • potential speaker contacts,
  • press releases and newspaper story templates;
  • workshop flyers and agendas; and
  • rain garden publications.

Each kit costs $12.

To order, please complete this Order Form [PDF] and mail it with your check to:
Rain Garden Kit
Milwaukee County UWEX
9501 W Watertown Plank Road
Wauwatosa WI 53226-3552

You may also order your kit by calling Gail Epping Overholt at 414-256-4632.

Last revised: Wednesday September 12 2012