Mar 01


Posted on March 1, 2021 at 3:55 PM by Allan Warren

Photo: Small volunteer work parties have kept our Orcas Love Raingarden program moving forward and will continue through 2021.

This year Piece Conservation District is hitting the ground running with Orcas Love Raingardens, where we will be coordinating outdoor work parties at several active rain garden sites within the Tacoma Public School District. The mission of Orcas Love Raingardens is to introduce every student to the impacts of polluted stormwater through the lens of rain gardens - orca-saving landscape features. In normal circumstances we would be working with teachers and students, but because of COVID restrictions we are seeking ambitious volunteers willing to get a little dirty and have a lot of fun while we work on these sites. Typical activities include covering exposed soil with cardboard and mulch, ripping out bad plants, and pruning established plants. Tools are provided by PCD.
Rain Garden Map: Orcas Love Raingardens are active at these 6 schools across Tacoma and are looking for volunteers to support each one.

Whether you’re looking to get involved for the day, or are planning on returning for continuous support, joining the ranks of PCD volunteers is a rewarding experience and a great way for families to give back to their local schools. Don’t be stuck inside all season—join us for Earth Day on April 24th or visit our online calendar for even more rain garden opportunities.
All ages welcome.

Earth Day 2021!
April 24th, 9am-12pm
Help us celebrate Earth Day by spending 3 hours caring for your green spaces in Puyallup and Fircrest. Activities will include ripping out invasive plants and caring for existing plantings.
We will be staying healthy by working socially distanced at all times, and wearing face coverings. We will also be capping event size at a total of 5 people per site. The good news is this allows for more opportunities to volunteer!

Mar 01


Posted on March 1, 2021 at 3:15 PM by Allan Warren

PiRain Barrelerce Conservation District’s Rain Barrel Workshop series is back for spring 2021! Now is the time to take advantage of the season’s drizzle, and you can do so by signing up today.

Our Virtual Rain Barrel Workshop is designed to help residents take control of their storm water runoff through our tailored storm water education, and by giving them a barrel of their very own for just $25.

How to get your barrel:
1. Buy the barrel on our website at:
2. Complete the Pre-video survey
3. Watch the workshop video
4. Complete the Post-video survey
5. Pick up on May 15th at 308 West Stewart from 9-11am

*Workshop available only to residents of unincorporated Pierce County. Limit 1 barrel per customer.
Mar 01


Posted on March 1, 2021 at 3:12 PM by Allan Warren

RGimage1Photo: Example of a community installed residential rain garden.

Do you love the idea of having a garden but don’t know where to start? Let PCD and Americorps help you out! This summer we will be installing 3 rain gardens for FREE at homes in the Flett Creek Watershed.

What is a rain garden?
Rain gardens are not only beautiful to look at, but they also serve an important environmental purpose. A rain garden filters out nasty pollutants before returning runoff into the groundwater. This protects local plants and animals as well as the marine life of the South Sound. They are specifically placed to trap water flowing off roofs, driveways, sidewalks, or streets and will filter this standing water within one to three days. They are packed with native plants and attract beneficial birds and insects.

What would make you a good fit?
We are looking for at least one homeowner who is low-income and would not otherwise be able to afford the installation. It is important that you have enough space in your yard for the rain garden to be set away from the edge of the home, and that you are comfortable having a team come and work in your yard.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact:
Anna Prestbo at or (253) 238-0977