• Blue Thumb—Planting for Clean Water® is a public/private partnership promoting native plants, rain gardens, 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.

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  • Protect pollinators in your yard with Lawns to Legumes resources. Explore native plant lists, design templates, how-to guides, and more!

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  • Learn more about our Resilient Yards workshops! Our online learning modules are available to all, at no cost.

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  • 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.

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

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Fall 2024 Lawns to Legumes Grants

“Bee” a part of the movement to protect pollinators in Minnesota! Apply by May 15 for cost-share funding to create pollinator habitat in your yard.

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Plan a Pollinator Garden From Scratch

It may be the middle of winter, but now is the time to plan for changes you want to make to your yard this spring. How would you like to support pollinators and clean water this year?

STart Prepping

Reflecting on the Year: “Bee-ing” the Change in 2023

Our community is what makes the work of planting for pollinators and clean water happen. In our latest blog post, we reflect on the many ways we gathered and learned from each other this year.

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Helping Wildlife Overwinter

Summer’s buzz of activity has subsided, but wildlife still stirs, hunkering down for the long winter ahead. We can make it easier for overwintering pollinators to survive the colder months by taking a few actions right in our yards.

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