Master Gardeners for Resilient Communities

Two volunteer opportunities

Wisconsin Extension Master Gardeners are invited to earn volunteer hours with Clean Wisconsin this spring and summer! Sign up for our two volunteer opportunities this summer, even if you are not a Master Gardener.


The Education & Outreach Team will help create educational and outreach materials promoting native plants and green infrastructure practices through a virtual, collaborative program in the spring.



MKE Green Infrastructure Installation Volunteers will help install rain barrels and/or rain gardens under the supervision of Clean Wisconsin’s Green Infrastructure Manager around Milwaukee’s 30th St Corridor in the summer.


Documents for Volunteers

Please fill out the Volunteer Liability Waiver and either email the completed form to or bring a printed copy to your first volunteer shift. Use the hour tracking form linked below to log your volunteer hours with Clean Wisconsin.


What is Green Infrastructure?

Green infrastructure is an approach to stormwater management that protects, restores, or mimics the natural water cycle. Examples of green infrastructure practices include rain gardens and rain barrels. Clean Wisconsin engages with communities across the state to grow resiliency through green infrastructure. Learn more about Clean Wisconsin’s Resilient and Sustainable Communities Program here



Is this volunteer opportunity only open to Master Gardeners?

No, anyone in Wisconsin is welcome to participate in this volunteer program.


Why are Master Gardeners specifically invited to participate?

Clean Wisconsin is excited to offer gardening and community education related volunteer opportunities to Master Gardeners as a result of recent changes in the UW-Extension Master Gardener Program that give Master Gardeners more flexibility in choosing which org they volunteer at.


Is Clean Wisconsin a registered org in the Master Gardener Online Reporting System (ORS)?

Yes, Clean Wisconsin was added to the Online Reporting System in early March. Master Gardeners can select Clean Wisconsin as an approved organization to volunteer with and log their hours under “Educating Others” for the Education & Outreach Team or under “Gardening” for the MKE GI Installations Volunteer program. If you have any questions about logging your hours in the ORS, please contact your regional Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator.


Do I need to know anything about green infrastructure to participate?
No, we will provide all necessary background education on green infrastructure to help volunteers participate fully. You can learn more about green infrastructure from the EPA’s website.


I have more questions!

Please feel free to reach out to Maithilee at with the subject line “Green Infrastructure Volunteer Program” Thanks for your interest!


Installing a StormGUARDen at a Milwaukee home
Community members in Milwaukee Wisconsin work together to plant a rain garden in a neighborhood front yard


Stories from the field

Managing rain where it falls to revitalize Milwaukee communities

The largest growing source of water pollution in the U.S. is stormwater runoff: rainwater that washes across landscapes often collecting and carrying trash, bacteria, heavy metals, pesticides, animal waste and other pollutants to our local waterways. Green infrastructure practices reduce stormwater runoff by mimicking nature and capturing rainwater so it can be reused, temporarily retained, or allowed to infiltrate into the soil. These practices also help reduce the flooding risk and basement back-ups and ease the burden on the combined sewer system in the Milwaukee area during large storms. Green infrastructure practices provide other environmental, social and economic benefits, including better air quality and cooling of the urban heat island effect thanks to more trees and vegetation, increased pollinator habitat, community engagement and job opportunities installing and maintaining green infrastructure.