Register for a spring RainScapes training course!

February 14, 2019

The RainScapes program offers low-cost trainings to residents of Montgomery County, MD who are interested in using their property to improve water quality and provide habitat for wildlife.  RainScapes, include rain barrels, rain gardens and conservation landscaping.

These are extremely popular, so don’t miss out!

Make and Take Rain Barrel Workshop

Workshop Dates and Times:

How to Sign Up: Register at

Where: Brookside Gardens, Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Fee: $13 for Friends of Brookside Gardens or $15 for non-members

About this Workshop: Gather and store water from your rooftop to help control the stormwater impact to your yard. Each participant will receive a rain barrel with fittings and simple instructions. Remember, you’ll need a vehicle large enough to fit a 55-gallon barrel!

Rain Barrel Workshop



Stormwater Solutions: Conservation Landscapes and Rain Gardens Workshop

Workshop Dates and Times:

How to Sign Up: Register at

Where: Brookside Gardens, Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Fee: $13 for Friends of Brookside Gardens or $15 for non-members

About this Workshop: It is possible to have a landscape that not only absorbs stormwater and uses native plants, but is also beautiful! The Department of Environmental Protection staff will show you how to evaluate your site, design and implement a conservation or rain garden landscape, and qualify to receive a RainScapes Reward rebate.


Image of people at a RainScapes workshop

What is the RainScapes Program?

RainScapes is a program of Montgomery County, MD Department of Environmental Protection.

RainScapes promotes and implements projects which reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality on properties within Montgomery County, MD. The County offers technical and financial assistance (in the form of RainScapes Rewards Rebates) to encourage property owners to implement eligible RainScapes techniques on their property.


Graphic of the RainScapes Logo


What Financial Incentives are Available?

The RainScapes Rewards Rebate Program offers rebates to property owners who install RainScapes techniques, such as those taught in these classes. This program is open to properties in Montgomery County outside the municipalities of Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Takoma Park. The RainScapes Program is funded by the County’s Water Quality Protection Charge.

Residential properties are eligible for up to $7,500 per parcel and commercial, HOAs, multi-family, or institutional property are eligible for up to $20,000 per parcel.  Visit the website, or better yet, take one of the above classes to learn more!

3 comments on "Register for a spring RainScapes training course!"

  1. Patty McGrath says:

    When will your next make and take Rain Barrel class be offered? I have one barrel, but it fills up so quickly, I surely need to have at least two 55 gallon containers connected. This is a superb program of the county! The only thing I may have missed in the class was that I needed to elevate the rain barrel if I wanted to connect a hose to it to water the vegetable garden. I LOVE my rain barrel!

    1. mary says:


      Apologies for the delay. We are working on a new contract to have more make and take events for next spring. Watch or sign up on there for our Rainscapes Newsletter to stay updated. In the meantime, if you want to get a rebate to purchase another one, there are applications on the website to do so!

  2. Larry Koch says:

    The dates/days are wrong.

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