Rainscaping is a combination of sustainable landscape design and management practices that prevents polluted runoff from reaching water bodies — directing stormwater to be absorbed by plants and soils.
The Purdue Rainscaping Education Program provides training and resources on rainscaping practices that can be installed in residential settings or small-scale public spaces projects.
The program provides advanced training in rain garden planning, installation, and maintenance for:
- Purdue Extension Master Gardeners
- Conservation agencies and organizations
- Stormwater professionals
- Landscape companies and consultants
Participants are encouraged to attend as a community team to support implementation of public education programs and provide technical assistance to homeowners upon completion of the training.
Our program consists of five modules (three hours each) in a workshop setting. Program modules include:
- Flipped classroom instruction
- Online learning opportunities
- Experiential training activities
- Field techniques
- Field trips to community examples of rainscaping projects
Participants also gain hands-on experience by creating a demonstration rain garden project with community members in a public space.