• 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.


Join a Resilient Yards Workshop!

Beautify your yard while planting for clean water and pollinator habitat. Take our free Resilient Yards Online Learning Series or register for a virtual workshop this spring. Upon registering for an online or live workshop, you can choose to automatically enter our Lawns to Legumes lottery to receive a $350 cost share grant for creating 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.

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Protecting Lakes with Native Plants

What we do to our shorelines has a direct impact on the health of our lakes. In our latest blog post, Kat Dickerson with Rock Leaf Water Environmental shares how you can use native plants to make your shoreline more resilient to erosion and improve water quality.

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