butterfly weedPlanting Ohio-native species of trees, shrubs and perennials can reduce soil erosion, create wildlife habitat, support pollinators and reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides. Native plants have evolved with our climate, soils and wildlife.

One example of this is the relationship between native plants and insects. The photo at left is the butterfly weed, the leaves of which are food for monarch butterfly caterpillars. Monarchs can use nectar from non-native plants, but need the native butterfly weed for the caterpillars. 

Our sale features native plants that are well adapted to central Ohio, as well as fruit trees to promote locally grown foods. Fish fingerlings are also being sold for stocking farm ponds.

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Educators & Youth Leaders

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1st place poster in 2014

Theme: The 2015 theme is “Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators” with a focus on the importance of pollinators and solutions to increase pollinators and their habitats. Teachers will be provided with background materials, including a power point to help students understand the theme. Read More


In November’s Backyard Conservation  Update, we discuss: Read More

Local Governments

Our geomatics team just produced this awesome map of households participating in the GreenSpot rain barrel program from 2011 through this year. It’s exciting to see the widespread participation! Read More