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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

   Purdue Rainscaping Education Program

For those staying overnight September 17, please note the updated, local phone number to make reservations:  Comfort Inn & Suites Columbus, 2485 Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus, IN. Reserve your room no later than August 17 by calling 812-376-3051. For the special rate, please mention “Rainscaping Education Program."

Rainscaping includes the use of sustainable land​scape design and management practices at both the household and community scales to prevent polluted runoff from reaching water bodies by directing stormwater to be absorbed by plants and soils.  The Purdue Rainscaping Education Program provides training and resources on practices that can be installed in a residential setting or small scale public spaces project.  ​

The program development focus for 2013-2016 includes community awareness and education for bioretention/ rain garden planning, installation, and maintenance using an advanced training model for Purdue Master Gardeners, conservation agencies and organizations, stormwater professionals, and 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. The model consists of five, three-hour training modules in a workshop setting. The workshops include flipped classroom instruction, online learning opportunities, experiential training activities, field techniques, and field trips to community examples of rainscaping projects. Participants also receive hands-on experience through creation of a demonstration bioretention /rain garden project with community partners in a public space such as a county Extension office.

The Purdue Rainscaping Education Program is for Certified Purdue Master Gardeners, conservation agencies and organizations, stormwater professionals, and landscape companies and consultants.

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