When you join the Monsoon Squad, you play a vital role in defending our community rain gardens.
What is the Monsoon Squad?
The Monsoon Squad is a group of dedicated volunteers who care for WMG’s community rain gardens in Tucson. As a Monsoon Squad member you'll be equipped with specialized training, tools, and staff support to ensure that the gardens are functioning at their peak and remain healthy and beautiful.
What does the Monsoon Squad Do?
- Keeps each site looking great by removing invasive weeds and litter.
- Addresses functional needs like cleaning sediment traps, fixing rock work, and clearing debris from cistern inlets.
- Takes regular photos at established photo sites.
- Observes sites during and after rain events to track rainfall, take photos, note problems, and clean debris.
- Keeps WMG staff informed about the condition and needs of our community rain gardens.
How often does the Monsoon Squad Meet?
- Squad members visit their assigned rain gardens regularly to perform basic care and monitoring of the site. The frequency of these visits will vary depending on the season, extreme weather events, and needs of your site.
- Once a month, Monsoon Squad members report their observations and activities to WMG staff.
- The Monsoon Squad convenes quarterly for special trainings, workshops, field trips, and social activities.
Where are the Rain Gardens?
The Monsoon Squad currently cares for four sites within the city of Tucson. You'll be assigned a site based on your location and interest.
- WMG Living Lab and Learning Center
- City of Tucson Ward 1 Council Office
- City of Tucson Ward 3 Council Office
- City of Tucson Ward 6 Council Office