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2021 Landscaping for Clean Water ONLINE

Need some inspiration for your garden, but don't know where to start? Want to learn about how incorporating native plants into your garden can add amazing water quality benefits to your property? Looking to exercise your green thumb and support the endangered rusty patch bumble bee, but want advice on planting pollinator habitat?? Keep reading to learn how our Landscaping for Clean Water program is a great program for anyone looking to refresh their landscaping this year!

IN 2021, the Landscaping for Clean Water program - Introduction Class, Design Workshop, and alumni Maintenance Workshop - will be offered 100% online.

It is unfortunate that in-person Design Workshops are not possible in 2021. In order to make program participants as successful as possible, we will complement the online program by offering virtual project consultations through our Office Hours program and doing in-person site visits (following social distancing and mask wearing guidance) for grant recipients. *The online learning platform is always subject to change based on new Covid guidance from the CDC and the MDH.

Information about registration for all three programs will be available in January 2021. Click here to join the waitlist and be the first to get the 2021 program details in your Inbox!

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.
"I was interested in native plants, pollinators and water management before, but this really feels like the resource I need now as we are doing work in our new yard!" - 2019 program attendee

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

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Example Projects:

Raingardens and Native Gardens
Native Shoreline Planting