Connecting organizations | Connecting communities | Connecting habitat

Pollinator Pathway promotes native plant landscapes and works to connect public parks and private land to create a continuous corridor of pollinator-friendly habitat. 


Pollinator Pathway's roots in Licking County

In December 2022, entomologist and bestselling author Doug Tallamy came to Licking County for a series of events, including a public lecture at Denison, a hike and biological survey with community members in the Denison Bioreserve and a luncheon with local landscape professionals.  The events attracted hundreds of participants--including more than 500 attendees to Swasey Chapel--and generated a groundswell of interest in reimagining lawns as wildlife habitat. In an effort to build upon the momentum & interest created by Dr. Tallamy’s vital message and visit, the host committee continued to meet to contemplate next steps. The original planning group expanded to include representatives from more than a dozen local organizations. The group initially focused on cross promoting native plant-related events, eventually formalizing a partnership under the Pollinator Pathway umbrella. In February 2023, Licking County joined dozens of other Pollinator Pathway communities across the country to focus on connecting continuous corridors of natural areas and promote native plant gardens in order to support bees, butterflies, birds and other wildlife. 

Partner Organizations

Licking Land Trust | The Dawes Arboretum  | Licking Park District | Denison | The Ohio State University Newark |  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program | 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 | City of Newark | Grange Insurance Audubon Center | Licking County Master Gardener Volunteers | Wild Ones Columbus | Licking County Community Center for 60+ Adults, Inc.


Support Pollinator Pathway via the Licking Land Trust

The Licking Land Trust serves as the fiscal sponsor of Pollinator Pathway, which means grants and donations are managed by our partners at the Licking Land Trust and are considered tax-deductible. 


Be a part of Pollinator Pathway

Even the smallest green spaces, home gardens and median strips can be part of the Pollinator Pathway. 

"Listening to Dr. Tallamy was life changing. If we all plant even a small plot with native plants, we can completely change the trajectory for our pollinators–changing from a path towards extinction, to a path of survival. To enhance life for our pollinators is to enhance our future." 

Newark High School student

Watch one of author Doug Tallamy's talks that inspired the Licking County Pollinator Pathway.

View this beautiful and interactive overview of the impact of Pollinator Pathway communities.

Learn more about the origin story and history of how Pollinator Pathway started on East Coast.

Help us create & connect natural corridors for pollinators to survive & thrive 


How Licking County groups are saving bees, butterflies

Pollinator Pathway featured in Columbus Dispatch, Newark Advocate, Granville Sentinel, The Reporting Project & Pickerington Online


Granville Land Lab

100 acre outdoor classroom provides educational opportunities, wildlife habitat and anchor for Pollinator Pathway


Community Service

Granville resident honored for work creating Pollinator Pathway in Licking County 

photo by Ian Meske

What's all The Buzz?

Learn more about what Pollinator Pathway communities are doing to create and protect native plants for wild bees and butterflies in "The Buzz" --the quarterly e-newsletter from the Pollinator Pathway network.
Winter 2024
Fall 2023
Summer 2023
Spring 2023

"I have been to lots of places and many do undertake a few projects, but no place has come close to what you (Licking County) are doing."  

- Doug Tallamy

author of Nature's Best Hope

Licking County Pollinator Pathway Press Release