Adopt a Rain Garden

What is the Adopt-a-Rain Garden Program?

The Adopt-a-Rain Garden Program is designed to give the community a hands-on opportunity to help keep Owatonna’s raingardens clean and attractive by performing basic maintenance activities like picking up litter, pulling weeds, and installing new mulch when needed. 

Adopt-a-Rain Garden Brochure

Adopt-a-Rain Garden Application

 Rain Garden Locations

What are the program benefits?

  • Your group can improve the beauty and value of Owatonna’s neighborhoods by adopting a rain garden
  • It’s a great opportunity for groups to get outside during nice weather and have fun gardening
  • Your organization’s name will be acknowledged on a sign in the designated rain garden
  • Properly maintained rain gardens improve our water quality and reduce flood risks 

What is the Adopt-a-Rain Garden time commitment?

The adoption term lasts 2 years, and each year, the adoption commitment begins in April and concludes the end of October.  

Who can participate?

The Adopt-a-Rain Garden Program is open to individuals, neighborhood associations, civic groups, religious organizations, service organizations, schools (school groups and teams), businesses and other community organizations in the City of Owatonna. 

How does one go through the adoption process?

The application and information packet for the Adopt-a-Rain Garden Program can be downloaded at the top of this page, picked up at the City Offices at West Hills Circle, or we can mail one to you—just contact the Water Quality Specialist, (507)-774-7300 or


The Adopting Groups Agree To:

  • Adopt a rain garden for a 2 year term
  • Pick up litter at least 3 times a year
  • Weed the rain garden twice, once during the spring and once during the fall
  • Spread mulch when needed and as directed by the City
  • Organize the people in their group
  • Notify the City of clean-up days

The City Agrees To:

  • Provide trash bags, mulch, rakes, and training
  • Remove and dispose of filled trash bags
  • Erect a sign to recognize your group’s commitment