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Extension Program to Teach Rainscaping Practices
Indiana Ag Connection - 05/16/2018

Master gardeners, members of conservation agencies and organizations, stormwater professionals, and landscape architects and consultants in Lake County and surrounding areas can learn landscape design and management practices that reduce pollution from runoff at a workshop hosted by Purdue University Extension and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG). The workshop will take place June 19-20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central at Purdue Extension-Lake County office, 2291 North Main Street, Crown Point.

"Landscapes with rainscaping capture stormwater more effectively, which prevents polluted runoff from homes and communities from reaching our local lakes, streams, and rivers." said Kara Salazar, a sustainable communities Extension specialist with Purdue and IISG. "The Purdue Rainscaping Education Program will teach participants how to promote community awareness and education for these important practices."

Over the course of two eight-hour training sessions and educational service opportunities, participants will learn how to site, design, construct, and maintain a rain garden. Workshops include flipped classroom instruction through online training modules, experimental actives, and field trips to community rainscaping projects.

Participants will also create a demonstration rain garden in a public space with community partners. A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who attend all sessions.

To register for the program, visit or call the Purdue Extension Education Store at or 765-494-6794. Participants will be charged $70 to cover the cost of lunches and instructional materials. The registration deadline is June 5.

To learn more about the Rainscaping Education Program and other Purdue University and IISG sustainability programs, visit

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