Let's Grow Native!

Current events & volunteer opportunities: 

Seed Collection Events

Volunteers collect native plant seeds which are later used in City natural areas. This is a fun way to get outside this fall, and no prior experience is necessary. Invite your friends, kids and neighbors! Register for one or both events:

  • Wednesday, October 5, 5:30 - 7:00 PM at Terrace Oaks Park (west entrance)
  • Saturday, October 8, 9:00 - 11:00 AM at Alimagnet Park

Planting at North River Hills Park

Saturday, October 15, 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Help us build pollinator habitat at the new North River Hills prairie. Registration is required. 

Lawns Reimagined Workshop

Tuesday, November 1, 5:30 - 7:00 PM at Fire Station 1

Learn how to turn your yard into a pollinator haven at this free workshop. This year we are offering a hybrid experience - join us in-person or online! Registration is required. 

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