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Education: Landscaping for Clean Water

--- In order to adhere to proper social distancing recommendations due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and for the health and safety of Dakota County SWCD staff, partner organization staff, and Dakota County residents, all Landscaping for Clean Water classes (Introduction class, Design workshop, or Maintenance workshop) are cancelled through April 16th.

In the coming weeks, staff will evaluate options for future in-person classes scheduled for late April through July as these classes may also need to be cancelled in accordance with local and federal recommendations. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and we appreciate your patience during this trying time.

Because of this, staff is working hard to bring the 2020 Landscaping for Clean Water season to you through your computer! All class formats will be conducted virtually, either through live webcasts or pre-recorded videos with all class materials available online. If you are interested in learning more about what you can do to bring water quality and pollinator benefits to your yard, please sign up for the free Introduction class!! ---

Click Here to Sign up for Free Online Introduction Class!

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

Landscaping for
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Projects Summary

Landscaping for
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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