Photo credit: Vicki Bonk
Prairie Moon Nursery
EcoTulips (non-native bulbs, and not regional, but one of the few certified organic, pesticide-free bulb vendors in the U.S.)
Seed Savers Exchange (non-native and not necessarily regional, but a non-profit dedicated to preserving heirloom, organic vegetable and fruit seeds)
A Sampling of Regional Native Plant Nurseries and Landscape Designers
Blazing Star Gardens: Design and landscaping services. Phone orders for pick up (Owatonna) or delivery.
Ecoscapes Sustainable Landscaping: Design and landscaping services. Delivery only for plant stock.
Glacial Ridge Growers: Saturday St. Paul Farmer’s Market.
Kinnickinnic Natives: Retail location in River Falls, WI.
Landscape Alternatives: Shafer retail location.
Mama Terra Gardens: Professional landscape services.
Native Sun: See website for plant sale events
Natural Shore: Shoreline, ponds, wetlands, and prairies. Retail location in Independence, MN.
Naturally Wild: Minneapolis location in May and June.
Outback Nursery: Design and landscaping services. Hastings retail location.
Prairie Restoration: Design and landscaping services. Princeton and Scandia retail locations.
Sogn Valley Farm: to Saturday St. Paul farmers market. Certified organic produce, native plants, and CSA.
True Nature Design: Design, installation, and management services.
Numerous non-profit organizations need citizens to report their findings in the natural world. Many of these programs are great for families. Below is a sampling of organizations that rely on citizen scientists.
Audubon “The Great Backyard Bird Count” (every February)
Citizen Lake Monitoring Program
Citizen Stream Monitoring Program
Dragonfly Pondwatch Project
Frog and Toad Calling Survey (MN DNR-statewide opportunities)
Journey North Monarch Sightings
Lake Ice Reporting Program
Lake Level Minnesota Program
Loon Watcher Survey
Lost Ladybug Project
Minnesota Bee Atlas
Minnesota Bumblebee Survey
Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
Wetlands Health Evaluation Program
Zebra Mussel Monitoring Program
100 Plants to Feed the Bees
Attracting Native Pollinators
Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds: Creating Natural Habitats for Properties Large and Small
Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide
Bringing Nature Home
Gardening for Butterflies
Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology
Landscaping with Native Plants of Minnesota
Pollinators of Native Plants
The Living Landscape
Trees and Shrubs of Minnesota
Newsletters and Publications
Dakota County Parks e-News
Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine
The Butterfly Effect
Xerces Society (butterflies and insects)
Below is a sampling of regional and national organizations that share complementary goals of community environmental education, stewardship, and conservation.
Dodge Nature Center
Friends of the Mississippi
Great River Greening
Izaak Walton League
Leave No Trace
Master Naturalist Program
Master Water Steward Program
Minnesota Bird Altas
Minnesota Native Intelligence
Minnesota Native Plant Society
Pollinator Friendly Alliance
Saint Paul Audubon Society
Wild Ones Twin Cities Native Plants, Natural Landscapes
Wilderness in the City
Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration
Friday, April 27, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
At Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (4055 Nicollet Avenue South)
Featuring: Tree planting, beer garden, tree climbing, nature play, Elmer’s 40th birthday, 5k, games, food trucks, FUN!
Landscape Revival: Native Plant Expo & Market
Saturday, June 2 & 9 (see times and locations below)
The native Plant Expo and Market offers gardeners one convenient location to shop for Minnesota native plants from 6 local native growers and learn how to use the plants from conservation organizations. The goal of Landscape Revival is to promote the use of native plants by educating about their benefits for wildlife habitat, pollinators and water quality.
Saturday, June 2
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Shepherd of the Hills Church
3920 Victoria St N,
Shoreview, Minnesota (MN) 55126
Saturday, June 9
9:00 am – 2:00 pmLocation
Richard Walton Memorial Park
15th Street N and Hadley Avenue N,
Oakdale, Minnesota (MN) 55128
Nokomis Naturescape “Gardeneering”
Ongoing May-October, most Tuesday evenings.
Interested in learning how to ecoscape with Minnesota native plants? Want to lend a hand in a spectacular public garden? Then say no more! Join our merry group of gardeneers (that’s not a typo!) to learn, volunteer, and enjoy an occasional ice cream cone. Visit the Naturescape’s facebook page to sign up to be notified about the season’s volunteer schedule. We roll up our sleeves most (but not all) Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Our schedule shifts to 5-7 p.m. when the sun starts to go down earlier later in the season.
Fall is a thrilling time at Hawk Ridge! Be sure to visit this amazing migratory phenomenon. Hawk Ridge is known as one of the major sites for observation of raptor migration. Visitors come from all over the world in the fall. Indeed, our guest register has entries from thousands of visitors who have come from all 50 states and from over 40 foreign countries.
Most raptors are reluctant to cross large bodies of water. When they migrate south and encounter Lake Superior, the birds naturally veer southwest along the lakeshore. They concentrate in impressive numbers on the bluffs overlooking East Duluth and can be easily seen from the overlook at Hawk Ridge. Of the 20 species of raptors and vultures that have been seen at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, the peregrine falcon and gyrfalcon are among the rarest. Whether species are common or rare, they are all thrilling to watch as they traverse the ridge, often at or below eye level. Naturalists are onsite until the end of October. Click the above link for visitor information. Who knew this was practically in our own backyards? Bring lawn chairs, a pot of coffee, binoculars, and enjoy life in the slow lane for awhile.
Certify Your Garden Through National Wildlife Federation
Green Cities, Good Health
Native Plants, Moths and Butterflies by Zip Code National Wildlife Federation
Native Plants for Birds by Zip Code Audubon Society
Pollinators and Native Plants: Downloadable Posters
Pollinator Plants of the Great Lakes Region
Restore Your Shore: MN Native Plant Encyclopedia
Sustainable Lawn Care
The Recycling Zone of Dakota County
Tips and Tales about Keeping Water Clean
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
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