• 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 $400 grant for spring 2024. 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.



Spring 2024 Lawns to Legumes Grants

“Bee” a part of the movement to protect pollinators in Minnesota! Apply by November 30 for cost-share funding to create pollinator habitat in your yard.

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Getting to Know Native Seeds

Seeds are an under-appreciated part of native plants that deserve our attention. Learn how to harvest, store, and plant native seeds to  rebuild habitat and help pollinators and ecosystems thrive.

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Changing Shoreline Norms

Individuals and lake associations play an important role in promoting natural shorelines. Learn how native plantings and buffers increase habitat and help filter stormwater runoff in our latest blog post!

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Support from Blue Thumb partners and sponsors helps us do our work

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