Check out these local resources for a wealth of information on native plants, pollinators, sustainability, community engagement opportunities and more. Listed alphabetically.
CURE (Clean Up the River Environment) | | Montevideo, MN

Mission Statement: “CURE’s mission is to protect and restore resilient rural landscapes and build vibrant, just and equitable rural communities by harnessing the power of citizens who care about them.”

Land Stewardship Project | | Lewiston, Montevideo & Minneapolis, MN

Mission Statement: “The Land Stewardship Project’s mission is to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture, and to develop healthy communities.”

Metro Blooms & the Blue Thumb program | | Minnesota

“Metro Blooms, a non-profit, partners with communities to create more resilient landscapes. Metro Blooms promotes rain gardens to manage stormwater, native plants to support pollinators, and other earth-friendly practices that heal the earth while supporting community needs through employment, training, and connection.”

Learn earth-friendly yard practices at a Blue Thumb workshop:

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources | | Minnesota

Mission Statement: “To work with Minnesotans to conserve and manage the state’s natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.”

Public Comment Opportunities:

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | | Chaska, MN

Mission Statement: “At the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum we seek to: Welcome, inform and inspire all through outstanding displays, protected natural areas, horticultural research and education.”

Minnesota Master Naturalist Program | | Minnesota

Central Minnesota Chapter of Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteers (St. Cloud, MN):

West Metro Chapter of Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteers (Minnetonka, MN):

Minnesota State Horticultural Society | | Minnesota

Digital Resource Hub:

Garden Solutions:

Minnesota Wildflowers | | Minnesota

Minnesota Wildflowers is an excellent online field guide to “the wild plants that grow in Minnesota, both native and nonnative.”

Mission Statement: “To educate Minnesotans on our native plants, raise awareness on threats like invasive species, and inspire people to explore our great state, appreciate its natural heritage, and become involved in preserving it.”

Stevens Soil & Water Conservation District | | Morris, MN

Mission Statement: “The mission of the Stevens Soil & Water Conservation District is to work with county landowners in putting conservation practices on the land and to help all citizens be good stewards of our natural resources.”

The Nature Conservancy | MN, ND, SD Chapter

Mission Statement: “To conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.”

University of Minnesota Morris | | Morris, MN

Check out the prairie plantings along the south side of the Science building. You will find blooms throughout the summer and might spot a monarch caterpillar too!

Wehr Nature Center | | Franklin, WI

“Wehr Nature Center is dedicated to becoming the most accessible nature center in southeast Wisconsin through inclusive programming, award-winning ADA trails, and five miles of urban oasis.”

West Central Minnesota Climate Network | | Morris, MN

Mission Statement: “To promote individual and group action toward a resilient, equitable and sustainable community through modelling behavioral change, conversation and education.”

West Central Research & Outreach Center | | Morris, MN

“The West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) provides research-based innovation and outreach by vigorously pursuing opportunities for agricultural producers and rural citizens while identifying and responding to emerging trends, developing dynamic solutions, and offering active learning experiences. Research areas include conventional and organic agriculture, high and low tunnel systems for fruit and vegetable productions, native pollinator habitat restoration, renewable energy systems for agricultural production, and dairy and swine management.”

Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes | 

Mission Statement: “Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.”

St. Cloud, MN Chapter:

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation |

Bring Back the Pollinators:

Pollinator Resource Center:

Regionally-Specific Publications: