If you want to learn how to design and construct a rain garden, you can attend a Blue Thumb Workshop.
More Rain Garden Information:
Rainwater Gardens: Enhance Your Property and Collect Vital Water (PDF)
University of Wisconsin's Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual for Homeowners (PDF)
Blue Thumb Create-a-Raingarden webpage
City Rain Garden Projects
Burnsville Stormwater Retrofit Study (PDF)
Burnsville Rainwater Gardens: A Nationally Significant Demonstration Project (PDF)
Volunteer to help maintain City raingardens. This involves pulling weeds and other general gardening activities. Gardening experience preferred.
Variable, at least a few hours is preferred.
Spring through fall
Three rain gardens total located at Alimagnet Park, Lac Lavon Park and 145th Street (near Wood Park). Also, native plant garden at Kraemer Nature Preserve.
Liz Forbes at 952-895-4518
Rain Barrel Information
Rain barrels collect rainwater from your roof downspouts. This helps protect lakes, ponds, and rivers by reducing rainwater runoff. A major benefit is that you can use the collected water for your garden and potted plants.
Several styles of rain barrels are available for purchase, or you can build your own rain barrel. For more information, check out the links below:
Metro Blooms: Rain Barrels
University of Minnesota Extension: Rain Barrels (PDF)
Friends of the Mississippi: Rain Barrels (includes info about rain barrel workshops)