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Education: Landscaping for Clean Water

Are you interested in creating a beautiful garden or a new shoreline planting that benefits local water quality and native pollinators?

Our Landscaping for Clean Water program offers educational workshops, hands-on design courses, assistance at on-site visits, and cost-share grants to help you create a raingarden, native pollinator garden, or shoreline planting.

Make a difference for clean water and pollinators in your neighborhood by planting a beautiful garden! We're here to help.

The Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District has partnered with cities and local Watershed Management Organizations to provide Landscaping for Clean Water courses for interested residents. Free, introductory courses focus on general water quality practices of rain gardens, native gardens, and shoreline stabilizations. Design courses help residents plan and install a project in their own yard, and make them eligible to apply for a cost-share grant for their project.

We also offer free garden and shoreline Maintenance Workshops, for those who've already installed a raingarden, native planting, or shoreline project! Learn how to maintain your planting through the seasons and troubleshoot any challenges you've faced in your garden.

Classes are offered to residents during the spring and early summer each year. SWCD staff can answer your landscaping questions via phone and email year-round!

"I loved the attention to detail, the excitement from the experts, and the confidence they gave me to create a beautiful garden!" - a 2018 participant

View upcoming schedule and register for a free introductory or maintenance workshop!

Landscaping for Clean Water at K-12 Schools: Resources for Teachers & Staff

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Education Events:

  Register for Landscaping for Clean Water Classes

Financial Incentive Programs:

Landscaping for Clean Water Grants

Example Projects:

Raingardens and Native Gardens
Native Shoreline Planting