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Rain Barrel Workshop – FULL

May 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Save water, save money, and save our local waterways!

Rain barrels help reduce pollution to our local creeks and streams. The water collected in rain barrels can be used to irrigate lawns and gardens, wash cars, or simply infiltrate back into the ground during drier periods.

Join the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC) for a workshop to learn more about rain barrel benefits as well as proper assembly and maintenance. This workshop is geared towards home owners, businesses, and/or faith-based organizations interested in conserving water while also reducing stormwater runoff from their property.

Registration is now closed for this workshop (5/7/24). There is still room for our June 2nd rain barrel workshop.

GVC will be selling blue rain barrels (55 gallon capacity) 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. Each barrel comes with a PVC elbow to attach to your downspout.

The cost is $70/barrel. However, if you live within our Clear Creeks Project area, you are eligible for a 50% discount of $35/barrel! This discount is thanks to our generous grant funders including National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake Bay Trust, and Baltimore County.

Click on this link to see if the property where you plan to install your rain barrel is in our project area.

We are asking participants to pre-pay for their rain barrel(s). GVC staff will check the address provided to ensure that it matches the rain barrel order “in project area” ($35) or “out of project area” ($70).

Refund Policy: Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC) volunteers spend time cleaning, assembling, and delivering rain barrels to meet the demand reflected in our online orders. To reduce the impact of no-shows, we have implemented the following refund policy.

  • Full refund if you cancel your order by May 4th (one week before workshop date)
  • No refund if you are a no-show on the day of the event. Your deposit will be treated as a general donation to GVC.



When: Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 3 PM – 4:30 PM

Where: Graham Equestrian Center, 10301 Harford Road, Glen Arm, MD 21057. From 695-E, take the MD 147-N exit towards  Carney. Use any lane to turn left onto MD-147N/Harford Road. Follow Harford Road for a little over 2 miles. Look for Graham Equestrian Center signs for entrance. Follow the signs for GVC event and park in designated parking lot and follow GVC signs to registration table.

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.


This event is part of Gunpowder Valley Conservancy’s Explore the Gunpowder Watershed Challenge. Participants will earn a sticker for their 2024 Gunpowder Passport. It’s easy to participate! Collect 4 stickers between April 22 – May 31 and earn a challenge coin. Click here to learn about our 11 passport locations and/or print off a PDF version of your own.


May 11
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Kim Thomas- Gunpowder Valley Conservancy


Graham Equestrian Center
10301 Harford Road
Glen Arm, Maryland 21057
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