Teaching in the Community

Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists and teachers can help communities learn about water quality and protect lakes, rivers and streams with sustainable landscaping practices.  These community trainers learn about watersheds, landscaping practices and outreach strategies through a series of workshops offered by the Lawn to Lake program.  And—they can borrow watershed models to use at community events and in classrooms to help their communities understand that clean water depends on all of us.

The Lawn to Lake program has joined with University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener and Master Naturalist programs to provide sustainable lawn and landscape information as part of the continuing training requirement for Master Gardener/Naturalist certification.  The Lawn to Lake program has provided continuing training on water smart landscaping and sustainable lawn care practices to almost 300 Master Gardeners.

Borrow a model!
image of EnviroscapeWatershed models are available throughout northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana for Master Gardener/Naturalist volunteers and teachers to borrow.  The models (EnviroScape® Models) are a great hands-on activity that helps people understand watersheds and water pollution.  The model is a useful tool in classrooms and public presentations—and it grabs attention at fairs, farmers markets and other tabling events.

To borrow a model, contact Susan Ask at

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If you’d like to hand out these brochures at your event, please download and print as many as you want! Illinois Extension's Lawn Talk can also provide infomration on sustainable lawn care.

These brochures are a sample of what is offered. Please visit our Natural Lawn Care product page for more materials.

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Sarah Zack
Pollution Prevention Extension Specialist

Allison Neubauer
Visiting Great Lakes Outreach Assistant

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