Green Spot

Lots of workshops are coming up soon, and the online course is open below! 

What's the deal? 

Ready to go green? Franklin County, Ohio residents can earn up to $50 for your yard by partcipating in the online course and quiz or attending a live workshop. After participation, you will receive a voucher with details on your eligible rebate items and how to redeem your rebate. Due to the amount of participation, vouchers are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and expire within 30 days. Vouchers are limited to ONE voucher per household per year.

Community Backyards participants will automatically be enrolled to be a City of Columbus GreenSpot after receiving their voucher. Becoming a GreenSpot is a requirement of the program. Why? It's easy - by implementing one of the backyard conservation rebate practices, you're already working on going green! Funding for the program is provided by the City of Columbus and participating communities. Without their support, funds would not be available for rebates. Visit GreenSpot to learn more about green practices and sustainability.  

Am I eligible for a rebate? 

Residents who live in the following primary tax districts are eligible for a rebate. Do you know what your residence's primary tax district is? In Franklin County, your mailing address or school district is sometimes different from your tax district! Because of this, we verify every single participant's primary tax district via the Franklin County Auditor. Please see the list of participating communities below. 

2022 Participating Communities


Funding for the program is limited, and the program might close early if rebate funding for your community runs out. Not within a participating community listed above but still in Franklin County? You are eligible for a rebate on a rain barrel or compost bin. If you live outside Franklin County, please contact your local county's Soil and Water Conservation District for available conservation assistance and programs. 

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions. If you still need assistance, please give us a call at (614) 486-9613 or contact us via email


How do I participate in Community Backyards?

Participate via one of two ways: take the online course or attend a workshop. 

Take the Online Course and Quiz

The online course is now open early to celebrate Earth Day!

  1. Fill out the online course page with your most up to date information including home address, phone number and an email address that you check regulary.
  2. Watch an online presentation with a focus on residential use of rain barrels, rain gardens, composting, native plants and lawn care.
  3. After the presentation, take the short quiz on what you've learned. Don't forget to hit submit!  Pass the quiz and your information is sent to our team at Franklin Soil and Water.
  4. We manually verify your eligibility and send you a voucher with eligible rebate items and instructions within 2 weeks.
  5. Follow the instructions on your voucher for how to redeem your rebate & receive your reimbursement. 

Take the online course here! 




Attend a Local Workshop

Some workshops have been scheduled and more are coming soon. See current dates below! 

  1. The Community Backyards workshops are free for any to attend, and offer information, interaction, and answers to your questions. 
  2. Due to limited space, please register online in advance through the links below or call our office at (614) 486-9613.
  3. We will manually verify your eligibility and contact you to confirm your registration and meeting information. 
  4. Attend the class for the entire duration of about an hour and a half. After the class, you will receive a voucher with eligible rebate items and instructions. 
  5. Follow the instructions on your voucher for how to redeem your rebate & receive your reimbursement. 

Register for a workshop below! 

If you need accomodations to complete the course, please reach out to us via phone (614) 486-9613 or via email

Workshop Registration

All 2022 workshops are in-person again! Please pre-register below.

Attend a live, in-person class to receive your rebate voucher. In the workshop, you will learn about different actions you can take to improve water quality like installing rain barrels and rain gardens, planting native plants, using proper lawn care techniques, and composting to improve soil conditions. The workshops cover the same content but allow for more in-depth instruction and discussion with local sustainability and watershed professionals. Due to limited capacities, please register in advance. Attendance will be verified by a staff member and voucher will be provided to you at the end of the class. 

Remember, only one voucher will be provided per household per year. If you are bringing a guest with a different address than your own address, they will have to register separately in order to receive a voucher the day of the workshop. 

    WorkshopLocationDate & TimeRegistration Link
    Canal WinchesterCanal Winchester's
    NEW Community Center
    45 East Waterloo Street
    Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
    Saturday April 23
    Hilliard Hilliard Community Center 
    3800 Veterans Memorial Drive
    Hilliard, OH 43026
    Saturday April 23
    Grove CityEagle Pavilion at Rotary Lake
    in Fryer Park
    3899 Orders Road 
    Grove City, OH 43123
    Wednesday May 11
    BexleyBexley City Hall 
    2242 East Main Street
    Bexley, OH 43209
    Saturday May 21
    Pre-registration is closed.
    A few walk-in spaces are available!
    Columbus - Hilltop LibraryColumbus Metropolitan Library 
    Hilltop Branch
    511 South Hague Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43204
    Wednesday June 15
    Columbus - Linden LibraryColumbus Metropolitan Library
    Linden Branch 
    2223 Cleveland Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43211
    Saturday June 18 
    Columbus - AudubonGrange Insurance
    Audubon Center 
    505 West Whittier Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Wednesday June 22 
    Columbus - Whetstone LibraryColumbus Metropolitan Library
    Whetstone Branch
    3909 North High Street
    Columbus, OH 43214

    Tuesday June 28 
    Columbus - Barnett LibraryColumbus Metropolitan Library
    Barnett Branch
    3434 East Livingston Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43227

    Tuesday July 12
    WestervilleWesterville Community Center 
    Multipurpose Rooms 1 & 2
    350 North Cleveland Avenue
    Westerville, OH 43082
    Saturday July 30 
    Columbus - Parsons Library Columbus Metropolitan Library
    Parsons Branch
    1113 Parsons Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43206

    Wednesday August 3 

    Workshops TBD: Dublin, Gahanna, New Albany, Reynoldsburg, Worthington 

      Questions? Call Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District at (614) 486-9613 or email Mikaela Mohr, Program Coordinator, at