The Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education Program of the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service is accepting registrations for an upcoming Arkansas Watershed Steward program and rain garden workshop.

Events begin Saturday, Feb. 16, and the deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 15.

The educational and hands on training sessions will be held for several months through lunch and learn programs, special workshops and stewardship events.

The Arkansas Watershed Steward Program will teach participants about many water quality topics and train them to take on community natural resource and beautification projects. The programs offered and conducted as part of the Arkansas Watershed Steward program are intended to improve water quality and quality of life in Jefferson County, according to a news release.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. Following the Arkansas Watershed Steward training, participants will receive Arkansas Watershed Steward certification. Volunteers of this program will need to give back 40 hours of volunteer service to help improve environmental quality and quality of life in Jefferson County, according to the release.

The first session Feb. 16 at the Jefferson County Extension Office, 500 S. Idaho Ave. The program will include instruction on watershed basics and rain gardens as a best management practice that can protect water quality and improve quality of life simultaneously.

Instructors will be Kurt Beaty, John Pennington and Chris Cooley, Extension Service Agricultural and Natural Resource agents.

Registration is free and must be made by Feb. 15. To register, contact John Pennington at or 870-534-1033 at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service.

The Extension service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture which offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.