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*Program Update - Landscaping for Clean Water offered 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!

NEW IN 2020, our Landscaping for Clean Water program is available to you ONLINE for the first time ever!! All three class formats - Introduction Class, Design Workshop, and Alumni Maintenance Workshop - are available for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home!

Click Here to Sign up for Free Online Introduction Class!
Information about signing up for the online Design Workshop is included in the Introduction Class materials.

Are you a seasoned LCW participant and want to learn some tips and tricks for maintaining your garden? Email us at swcd@co.dakota.mn.us to get signed up for our Maintenance Workshop!

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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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