• Blue Thumb—Planting for Clean Water® is a public/private partnership promoting native plants, raingardens, shoreline stabilization projects, and turf alternatives to reduce runoff, improve water quality, and create pollinator habitats. Blue Thumb partners include local governmental units, non-profit organizations, native nurseries, and landscape/design contractors.

  • Protect pollinators in your yard with Lawns to Legumes resources. Apply for a $350 grant for fall 2023. Explore native plant lists, design templates, how-to guides, and more!

  • Learn more about our Resilient Yards workshops! New this year, our online learning modules will be available to all, at no cost. Spring workshops are now live.

  • The Blue Thumb Sustainable Landcare Training program provides youth and young adults with job-ready skills to care for these practices in their communities and lays a foundation for next-step education and career pathways in environmental work.

  • Are you looking for a job? Check out our partner job board for open positions.


Apply for a Lawns to Legumes Grant

Lawns to Legumes is currently accepting new applications for Fall 2023. Apply to receive cost-share funding of up to $350 to create pollinator habitat in your yard!

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Spring Native Plant Sales

Spring is the perfect time to add native plants to your garden. We’ve put together a list of upcoming native plant sales and native plant nurseries in the Twin Cities Metro and throughout Minnesota.


Beyond No Mow May

In our latest blog post, we talk with three of our landscape design partners and one trailblazing city about how pollinator-friendly lawn care can be a year-round practice (with less of the back-breaking work).

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Celebrating Lawns to Legumes

In their yards, gardens, and lawns, Minnesotans across the state are building a movement to protect pollinators with help from Lawns to Legumes. As applications open for fall 2023 Lawns to Legumes grants, we reflect on the successes of the program and look ahead to new growth.

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