Adopt A Rain Garden

Chamberlin School Rain GardenWhat is a rain garden?
A rain garden is a bowl-shaped garden designed to capture and absorb rainfall and snowmelt (collectively referred to as “stormwater”). When stormwater runs off impervious surfaces such as parking lots, roofs, compacted soils, and roads, it accumulates pollutants and delivers them to a nearby lake or river either directly or via a storm drain. Stormwater pollutants typically include sediment; nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus); bacteria from animal waste; and oil, grease, and heavy metals from cars. Stormwater also causes increased flooding, which erodes stream banks resulting in additional problems. However, if captured by a rain garden, stormwater soaks into the ground recharges the groundwater at a rate 30% greater than that of a typical lawn. Ultimately, if we all work together to create landscape features that absorb the stormwater, we can restore and help preserve the waterways that make Vermont so beautiful.

What is the Adopt-a-Rain Garden Program?
The Adopt-a-Rain Garden Program is an opportunity for individuals to assist in keeping Chittenden County's public rain gardens clean and attractive by performing basic maintenance activities like picking up litter, pulling weeds, and installing new mulch.

What are the program benefits?

  • You can improve the beauty and value of Chittenden County's neighborhoods
  • It’s a great opportunity for you to get outside during nice weather and have fun gardening
  • Properly maintained rain gardens improve our water quality and reduce flood risks 

Williston Town Hall Rain GardenWhat is the time commitment?
We ask that you commit to adopting a rain garden for at least 2 years. The adoption commitment begins in April and concludes at the end of November. 

Who can participate?
The program is is open to individuals, neighborhood associations, civic groups, religious organizations, service organizations, schools (school groups and teams), businesses and other community organizations.

Where are the public rain gardens?




Brownell Library

6 Lincoln St.

Essex Junction

Needs a Volunteer!


Callahan Park

Locust St.


Brad Ketterling

Chamberlin School

262 White St.

S. Burlington

Chris Provost

Coast Guard Station

Depot St.


Wiley Reading

Correctional Facility

Farrell St.

S. Burlington

Department of Corrections

Farrell Park

Swift Street

S. Burlington

Needs a Volunteer!

Landry Park

North St.


Steve Hauke - Winooski High School

Williston Annex

7900 Williston Rd.


Rita Dessau

Williston Town Library

21 Library Lane


Andrew Wolf



How do I sign up?
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