Stormwater Management in Your Backyard

Rain Garden Outreach Manual
Photo: Rain garden.

The goal of the Stormwater Management in Your Backyard program is to empower volunteers to educate their communities about the benefits of rain gardens. The purpose of this Rain Garden Outreach Manual is to provide volunteers, such as Master Gardeners, Environmental Stewards, Master Naturalists and community environmental groups with the materials needed to provide community level outreach. This manual focuses on the "How Are We Going to Clean Up Messy Town?" and "How to Install a Rain Garden at Your Home" programs for children and adults, respectively.

Volunteers using this manual should have a basic understanding of nonpoint source pollution, stormwater management, and rain gardens. Using their knowledge of gardening and the environment, volunteers have the capability to effectively communicate to their communities the importance of stormwater management. The training materials include:

  • Tips on coordinating Rain Garden Education Programs
  • Lesson Plans for Grades 1-3 and 4-7
  • Scripted PowerPoint Presentation for high school and adult audiences
  • Program Evaluations for youth and adult audiences
  • Program Publicity Materials
  • Templates for demonstration rain garden fact sheets

The materials are also available as a CD-ROM. To obtain a copy, please fill out this order form. Due to limited grant funding, only one CD-ROM will be made available to each organization. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of the Rain Garden Outreach Manual CD-ROM.

For more information about this manual, please contact Madeline Flahive DiNardo.

This project is funded by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture National Water Program.


  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences