Pollinator Gardens

Throughout the City of Columbus, there are 30 pollinator gardens and 15 rain gardens. Run entirely by our Volunteer Program, these essential grow zones promote biodiversity and help species like the monarch butterfly safely reproduce.

Pollinator Field Day

Mark your calendar to join our department in September and October to celebrate pollinators! We will have something for everyone, including activities for kids, catch and release butterflies and learn how to tag monarchs if we catch any. We will also do a pollinator habitat scavenger hunt and try out the iNaturalist app to document the flowers and pollinator species we see. Walk-ins are welcome to these outdoor events.

Participants are also welcome to volunteer in the habitat restoration efforts if desired. Sign up here to volunteer at the link below. Long pants, socks and bug spray are helpful to have with you for volunteering!


Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at McKnight Outdoor Recreation Center, 3228 Indian Village Road, Columbus OH

Volunteer With Us


Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Whetstone Park Prairie: 3901 North High Street, Columbus OH

Volunteer With Us

What are Pollinators?

Approximately 75 percent of plant species rely on more than 100,000 invertebrates – including bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, and flies– and more than 1,000 mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles that act as pollinators. Their relationship helps form the foundation of food chains by producing many plant-based foods on which all animals, including humans, rely.

Learn More

Tour One of Our Prairies

Want to learn more about pollinators? Check out this awesome recap video from our 2020 Pollinator Field Day! Explore Whetstone Prairie with our Environmental Planner and Outdoor Recreation team. Then head out this week and use the iNaturalist app to find your own pollinators!