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Become a Blue Thumb Partner

How Blue Thumb Partnership Works Blue Thumb is a resource hub for creating resilient landscapes. Our network — Blue Thumb Partners — connects those who work in this field with each other and with customers who want to make positive change in their yard. Property owners come to us for expertise. On our website you’ll…

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Partner Agreement Form

To become a 2022 Blue Thumb Partner, please download and read through the Partner Agreement. Then submit the form below.

Native Resource Preservation

NRP was founded in 2014 with the goal of bringing a non-intensive approach to ecological restoration focused on people and the land. From Twin Cities’ roots, we have grown to become conservation partners with many national, state, and local organizations, completing habitat restoration projects throughout all Minnesota and beyond. In addition to our public lands…  Read More

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A Pollinator Project That Soaks in Rainwater

A Lawns to Legume Story Another participant project from Lawns to Legumes, a Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources program supporting residents to create pollinator habitat in their yards through cost-share grants and other resources. I had the good fortune to move next door to a landscape architect. Though retired, she was willing to…  Read More

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2022 Resilient Yards Workshops Take climate action in your yard! Learn about rain gardens, redirecting runoff, site planning, native planting, using trees and shrubs, turf alternatives, protecting pollinators and more. Offered virtually. Cost: $15 Learn more

About Blue Thumb

Blue Thumb—Planting for Clean Water® is a public/private partnership promoting native plants, raingardens, shoreline stabilization projects and turf alternatives to reduce runoff and improve water quality. Partners include local governmental units (watershed districts, conservation districts, cities and counties), non-profit organizations, and private companies such as nurseries and landscape design and build companies, all working toward…

FAQS about the 2015 Transfer

Blue Thumb Update On May 27, 2015, the RCWD Board of Managers approved the Blue Thumb license and transfer agreement. The agreement begins with a two-year license period under which Metro Blooms will operate and manage the Blue Thumb program. In October 2017, the RCWD board will review Metro Blooms’ achievements as related to the…  Read More

Vacant Lots Get a Green Makeover

ideastream Vacant lots are a big problem for cities with population loss, like Cleveland, where researchers are tinkering with those spaces to revitalize neighborhoods and improve the environment. Anne Glausser reports for QUEST Science. Then ideastream’s Tony Ganzer speaks with Terry Schwarz, director of Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.   Vacant lots are a big problem…  Read More