Let's Grow Native!

Join us for these upcoming events

Volunteer Opportunity - Prairie Seed Collecting | Oct. 9, 9-10:30am

No experience necessary. We'll spend the morning outside, helping the environment by collecting seeds from native plants at a local Burnsville park. Learn more about the event and RSVP online. This is a family-friendly volunteer opportunity.

Lawns Reimagined Workshop | Nov. 3, 6:30-8pm

Looking for some sustainable landscaping ideas? Join us for this 3rd annual *online* workshop. You'll learn the steps to installing a meadow lawn and pollinator lawn - beautiful ways to convert some of your turf to beneficial habitat! Learn more

Why native plants? 

Native plants historically grew in this area and are adapted to the local climate and soil types. They are part of the local natural community and provide resources for wildlife. Their deep root structures prevent soil erosion, increase soil fertility and moisture-holding capacity, and filter pollution. Native plants will not threaten to take over our natural communities, unlike non-native plants such as European Buckthorn and Purple Loosestrife.  

Want to see native plants in the City? Explore the many natural areas throughout Burnsville, and visit the Civic Center Prairie, a large-scale turf to prairie conversion (pictured). 

In the home garden, native plants provide the same environmental benefits, in addition to needing very little care once they establish. Growing interest has led to more native plants being offered at local garden centers and native plant markets.

Civic Center Prairie

Environmentally-friendly landscaping

Natural areas have many environmental benefits, but did you know your yard can make a difference too? 

Projects that benefit pollinators, water quality and wildlife include: 

  • Planting a native garden 
  • Converting turf to prairie (a.k.a. native planting) 
  • Creating a pollinator lawn
  • Installing a rain garden

Visit our resource page to find a project that is right for you!

Plant for pollinators

bumble bee on bee balm

Landscape for water quality

Shoreline restoration in progress

Provide habitat for birds

Cedar Waxwing