Pollinator Pathway featured in Columbus Dispatch, Newark Advocate, Granville Sentinel & The Reporting Project
Here's how Licking County groups are saving bees, butterflies
Add your property to the Pollinator Pathway map
Support and protect native bees, butterflies, birds and other wildlife by adding native plants and trees to your property. Whether you are planting native shrubs in a foundation bed or converting part of your yard into a meadow, every native plant is important to our pollinators!
Spotlight your section of the Pollinator Pathway by adding a sign to your yard or garden. These beautiful metal medallions come with pre-drilled holes and are available in two sizes: 6" or 12".
Why plant native?
Native plants have adapted to our ecosystem and existed in our area prior to European settlement. Non-native plants naturally occur in other parts of the world, but may grow well as an ornamental or garden plant. Some non-native plants can escape into the wild and become invasive, which can push out native plants and cause serious ecological and economic problems. Although pollinators may get some nutrition from non-native plants, native plants evolved alongside pollinators and do the best job of supporting the widest array of pollinators. In fact 1/3 of bee species only collect pollen from particular native plants, plus most butterfly and moth caterpillars only feed on specific native plant leaves.
photo by Ian Meske
From plant swaps and milkweed giveaways, to lectures and foraged dinners, Licking County Pollinator Pathway partner organizations offer educational programming to help create and connect native plant habitat across our community.
Connecting natural corridors for pollinators & other wildlife to survive & thrive
Pollinator Pathway partners include:
Licking Land Trust | The Dawes Arboretum | Licking Park District | Denison University | The Ohio State University Newark | Granville Public Library | Sanctuary Garden at Newark High School | Licking Soil & Water Conservation District | Granville Schools Sustainability Project | Ace of Clubs 4-H | Otterbein Granville | 1500 Trees | Grange Insurance Audubon Center | Licking County Master Gardener Volunteers | Wild Ones Columbus