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Rainscaping Education

Program Objectives

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.

Target Audiences

The program provides advanced training in rain garden planning, installation, and maintenance for:

  • Purdue 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.


Contact us

To learn more, please visit the Rainscaping Education Program website or contact a member of the program team below.

John Orick, Purdue Master Gardener State Coordinator
Purdue Extension, Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

Kara Salazar, AICP, PCED, LEED AP ND, Assistant Program Leader and Extension Specialist for Sustainable Communities
Purdue Extension, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

C. Eliana Brown, Extension Water Quality Specialist, MSEE LEED AP NGICP
University of Illinois Extension, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Contact for University of Illinois Extension Rainscaping Education program

Curt Emanuel, Extension Educator, ANR, CD & CED 
Purdue Extension, Boone County

Laura Esman, Managing Director, Indiana Water Resources Research Center and Research Associate & Lab Manager, Natural Resources Social Science Lab
Purdue University, Department of Forestry & Natural Resources

Jane Frankenberger, Professor and Extension Water Quality Engineer
Purdue Extension, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Hans Schmitz, Extension Educator, ANR, CED
Purdue Extension, Posey County

Nikky Witkowski, Extension Educator, ANR
Purdue Extension, Porter County

Phillip Woolery, Extension Educator, ANR
Purdue Extension, Pulaski and Starke Counties