“You can do something no matter how small or how big and it all matters.”

– Deb Flora, Director of the Mahoning County Land Bank


About the Project:

Operation Pollination Mahoning Valley was spearheaded by the Youngstown Rotary Club under the direction of Elayne Boznick. Elayne was inspired by a the Rotary International Operation Pollination project and her personal hope to create a sustainable, happy biodiverse planet. Youngstown Rotary, the Mahoning County Land Bank, and many many more of their partners have created Pollinator Gardens large and small across the Mahoning Valley under this mission.

Pollinator Gardens are habitats big and small, public and private, that nurture local pollinators like bees, monarchs, bats, beetles, and so much more.

How YOU can help:

Building a pollinator garden:

View the Pollinator Guide created in Collaboration with Youngstown Rotary Operation Pollination and the Mahoning County Land Bank. This guide is designed to help individuals and groups start gardens of any size and has advice on plants to use, how to care for the garden, and information on an important local pollinator, the monarch butterfly.

Access the Guide: HCP Pollinator Guide: Step by Step

Volunteer your time to help a local project: 

Not able to build a pollinator garden on your own? Consider volunteering your time for a local project! Operation Pollination Mahoning Valley posts volunteer opportunities on their website when they are available: Operation Pollination Mahoning Valley

Share your garden with us:

Email us at rperry@hcpmahoningvalley.com to share your photos of your pollinator garden!

With your submission, be sure to include:

    1. Your name
    2. Why you started your pollinator garden
    3. Your favorite part of having a pollinator garden

Photos will be shared on the Healthy Community Partnership’s facebook and on our Story Bank site!

Snapshots and stories can also be shared on Instagram or Facebook by tagging #hcppollinatorgardens

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Need Help?

Youngstown Rotary Club Operation Pollination invites orgs, schools, individuals, and more to contact operation pollination with any questions or to request more resources on pollinator projects. Email yorotaryoperationpollination@gmail.com with your questions.

Healthy Community Partnership Pollinator Garden Resources linktr.ee

Mahoning County Land Bank Greening Guide