Featured upcoming event:

Prairie Seed Collection

September 28 | 6 p.m. | Land Lab at Granville Intermediate School  |  2025 Burg St.

Bring your snips and garden gloves to help collect native plant seeds from the Land Lab!  The Granville Schools Sustainability Project, Licking County Pollinator Pathway, and the Granville Public Library are teaming up to collect native seeds.  You can join in the fun by registering to collect seeds for yourself, and add seeds for the community seed library located at Granville Public Library.  Plant identification sheets and collection bags will be available to help you hunt for the plants that interest you most.  Ages 4th grade through adults. Register through Granville Public Library

Pollinator Pathway Seed Packets

Pollinator Pathway volunteers offered seed packets with a wildflowers seed mix at the recent Pollinator Pathway Native Plant Sale in partnership with the Licking Land Trust at the Granville Farmers Market. These packets were also offered at the Arbor Day Festival at Dawes Arboretum and 43023 Day in Granville and will be available at future Pollinator Pathway events, including the upcoming Autumn Equinox and Harvest Moon Festival. These adorable packets of wildflower seeds were hand-stamped and filled by 4-H club members and other volunteers and distributed by partner organizations including OSU Master Gardener Volunteers, Ace of Clubs 4-H and Licking Land Trust. Seed generously supplied by OPN Seed. 

If you snagged a packet, please review these planting instructions from OPN Seed

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

Pollinator Pathway raises awareness of importance of native plants 

Here's how Licking County groups are saving bees, butterflies

Pollinator Pathway promotes native plant landscapes and works to connect public parks and private land to create a continuous corridor of pollinator-friendly habitat. Even the smallest green spaces, home gardens and median strips can be part of the Pollinator Pathway. 

How can my property become part of the Pollinator Pathway? 

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. 

 4.30.23 Milkweed Giveaway

Ace of Clubs 4-H gave away more than 650 baby milkweed plants as part of 43023 Day on 4.30.23 in downtown Granville.  4-H members grew Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) Rose Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) and Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata) to support the endangered monarch butterfly and encourage others in the community to plant native plants and become part of the Pollinator Pathway. View photos from the Columbus Dispatch.

Special thanks to Timber Run Gardens, Prairie Moon Nursery and Moon Maiden Flowers for supporting this project! 

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

Licking County Pollinator Pathway Press Release