DIY / Water

Rainwater Harvesting Workshop Saturday, February 18, 10:00 am

When it rains, it pours. Don't let it go to waste - get started with rainwater harvesting now!

Rainwater Harvesting Workshop
Event Type



2 hour


Ages 18 and up


BASIC workshop
DIY level members FREE
Members $20
Non-members $30


The Ecology Center
32701 Alipaz Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothing suitable for gardening in the outdoors. We recommend you bring a garden hat, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle/canteen.

We will be taking pictures and possibly video to use on our website, social and other educational media, and by registering for this workshop you agree to our photo/video release policy.

If you are a DIY level member, please email or call 949-443-4223 to RSVP for this course.

Cancellation Policy: We understand your plans may change. We will give you credit toward a future program if you cancel at least 24 hours in advance. Credit must be redeemed within 90 days of issue. To account for our preparation and our instructor’s time, we cannot give refunds or credits if cancelled with less than 24-hours notice or in the event of a no-show.

While Southern California doesn’t get much rainfall, what we do get adds up quickly! Learn how to harness this resource for the benefit of our oceans and your garden.

Just 1” of rain yields 600 gallons of water per 1000 sq. ft. of garden or roof space. By designing your space to capture, absorb, and redirect rainfall, you can make use of this resource while preventing runoff pollution after a storm.

One simple and impactful solution is to install a rain barrel.

By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • Understand how to install a rain barrel at your home.
  • Be familiar with a variety of rainwater catchment system types, applications, tools, and maintenance requirements. This will include water friendly garden design, drip irrigation, backyard earthworks, grey water systems, and retrofitting opportunities.

All attendees will have access to discount pricing on rain barrels and installation kits.


Lucian Toma has a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development, an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification, and leads Public Programs and Eco-Garden Design Services for The Ecology Center.