Pollinator Zones

Monarch Pollinator Zones

Become a Pollinator Zone!

The Pollinator Zones™ (PZ) program recognizes landowners and stewards who convert inactive land to productive, pollinator-friendly habitat. PZs:

  • Provide food for bees, butterflies, and birds
  • Help control soil erosion
  • Promote clean water

Your new “green infrastructure” does require limited care during its first three years, but otherwise can be sustained with a minimum amount of attention each year.

Plant varieties include milkweed, flowering perennials, and an assortment of grasses. Planting is accomplished with thorough seedbed preparation and then seeded, preferably in late fall.

Required habitat for a Pollinator Zone™ includes:

  • Milkweed, preferably different varieties
  • Flowering native perennial plants, to provide nectar to pollinators

There is no minimum size for a Pollinator Zone, since lot sizes vary. However, we encourage you to aim for 200 square feet or more. That area should have good sun exposure, since pollinator habitat grows best in full to part sun. You must commit to not using herbicides or pesticides once the pollinator habitat has been established.

See a Monarch and Pollinator Zone in Action