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Water-Wise - Learning Courses

Water-Wise Landscaping Course - April 26

Preparing your Water-Wise Landscape 

New to native, water-wise landscaping? We're here to help with a short course about Landscape Preparation, co-hosted with Great Bear Native Plants. Because how you prepare your area - everything from lawn and weed removal to understanding your soil - will be fundamental to success. Registration is required for this course. 

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Landscape Preparation Course

Wednesday, April 26

5:30 PM - 7 PM 

Private Room at The Hops in Victor

Register in the form below

Registration for this course is closed. Please contact to be added to the waitlist. 

Click here to learn about our Water-Wise Plant Packs. 

You'll find LARGE and SMALL packs for sunny and shady areas, and a special pack to attract butterflies. 

Reducing Local Water Pollution 

Less water in your yard means more water in our natural waterways. 

Native plants are those plants that naturally and historically grow in an ecosystem or region. This means they thrive in local, natural conditions. Unlike cultivated plants or lawns, they don’t need high volumes of fertilizers, soil amendments, or water.

Temperature Pollution

Temperature pollution is “any change from the natural temperature in a habitat.” This means streams get too warm for native wildlife, like trout.  On top of that, warmer streams allow non-native invasive species, like pike, to thrive, which further disrupts our streams and the species we want to live there. 

Low Flow Alteration

One reason streams become vulnerable to temperature pollution is ‘low flow alteration’. When too much water is removed for our uses - like watering our yards - water, or flow level, becomes so low that aquatic life and other important natural processes are damaged.  

Chemical Pollution

We know flowing or even slowly seeping water picks up chemicals on its journey, carries them, and delivers them to larger water bodies. Synthetic chemical and fertilizer treatments added to lawns or gardens are dangerous and easily seep into the ground or wash off plants to end up in our waterways, damaging water quality for people and wildlife. 

Supporting Local Pollinators & Farmers

Native plants provide irreplaceable habitat and benefits to our local wildlife and natural areas. 

Native pollinators, like bees, birds, beetles, moths, and butterflies, have developed unique relationships and behaviors that can’t always be replicated by non-native species. Thriving pollinator populations require healthy native plant populations and, in turn, encourage stable natural systems and food production.

Click here to order your Water Wise Plant Pack. 

You'll find small and large packs for sunny, shady, and wet areas, and a special pack to attract butterflies. 

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