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Bay-Wise Landscaping & Rain Barrel workshops

June 17, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

You’re invited to join Gunpowder Valley Conservancy and Divinity Lutheran Church for a day of FREE Bay-Wise Activities

Did you know that adding native plants to your property and installing a rain barrel are two ways to reduce stormwater runoff, the leading source of pollution to our local waterways? We are offering two FREE workshops to motivate homeowners, businesses, and other faith-based organizations to take action for clean water. See how small changes can reduce your environmental footprint, increase clean water flowing towards the Chesapeake Bay, and promote pollinator habitat, among other benefits.

  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Bay-Wise Landscaping workshop with optional hands-on gardening component
  • 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM: Catered lunch
  • 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Rain Barrel workshop with option to purchase your own barrel to take home.

Click here to sign up for the workshops, including ordering rain barrels

Divinity Lutheran Church is in the process of adding several stormwater best management practices (BMPs) to its campus. The work completed during this event will help the church achieve Bay-Wise Certification through the University of Maryland Extension’s Bay-Wise Program. This project is also a partnership with Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and is primarily funded by a Chesapeake Bay Trust Outreach and Restoration Grant.


GVC will be selling 55 gallon blue rain barrels in advance of the workshop. Please make sure to submit your order when registering for the workshop. Our rain barrels are repurposed, food-grade barrels donated by McCormick.

Regular cost is $70/barrel. If your property is within the GVC’s Clear Creeks Project area, you are eligible to receive a 50% discount of $35/barrel as well as installation free of labor. This area includes Hunt Valley, Timonium, Nottingham, White Marsh, and Middle River. GVC staff will confirm if your address qualifies for the discount.


When: Saturday, June 17, 2023 from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Where: Divinity Lutheran Church, 1220 Providence Road, Baltimore, MD 21286. Look for GVC event signs.

This workshop is part of the Clear Creeks Project. Coordinated by the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC), the Clear Creeks Project is a grant-funded, citizen-based initiative that helps answer a community desire to restore the water quality within the Gunpowder Watershed. Additional funding provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Chesapeake Bay Trust; Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability; Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, administered by Maryland Department of Natural Resources; and BGE.


June 17, 2023
10:00 am - 2:30 pm


Darcy Herman @ Gunpowder Valley Conservancy


Divinty Lutheran Church
1220 Providence Road
Baltimore, MD 21286
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