Create Habitat

Creating native habitat can be done in a few simple steps that are good for the environment and have curb appeal.   You can start by planting several native plants each year, pulling out the invasive plants and strategically placing a tree in order to capture water.  

Benefits of Natives Trees & Plants
  • Critical to pollinators (birds, bees & other insects)
  • More adaptable to area
  • Requires less water for maintenance
  • Absorption of water increases
  • Keeps pollutants and sediment out of the water 
  • Increases wildlife habitat
  • Increases air quality

Native plants are at the heart of a pollinator-friendly garden providing food and host plant benefits beyond what most non-native plants can offer in any landscape.  There are over 2,100 PA native plants of many colors, shapes and sizes attracting a variety of pollinators like bees, butterflies, beetles, and moths to perform their essential pollination services.

Pollinators play a critical role in the reproduction of 90% of all flowering plants, and are involved in the production of about one out of every three bites of food that humans eat. 

Saturday, June 1st.         Streamside Care Workday

                                    Herbal Springs Farmstead

Tuesday, June 4th            Rain Garden Design Workshop

Wednesday, June 5th       Native Plant Conference

Thursday, June 6th            Falmouth Forest Garden Workday


                                    Native Plant Landscape Lecture

Friday, June 8th               Native Plant Sale

                                    Doug Tallamy Lecture

Full List of Events

Community Wildlife Habitat Initative

The Lancaster County Conservancy is excited to announce a partnership with the National Wildlife Federation to form a Community Wildlife Habitat Initiative.  Our mission is to work with local property owners, schools and communities to encourage the planting of native plants and trees as well as gardens that reduce stormwater runoff while providing habitat that will benefit wildlife and attract pollinators. 

Habitat Steward

Train with our PA Master Naturalist to volunteer to others to create native habitat. A 24-hour training course covering topics such as the relationship between wildlife and plants, exceptional habitat feature, site analysis, sustainable practices and invasive plants.

To learn more about both of these programs or to have someone visit your property please email Linda Ferich at   or to share this pdf.

Invasive plants are those that

  • Are not native to an area

  • Spread quickly

  • Little to no pollinator value

  • Cause economic/environmental harm,or harm to human health

List of common invasive plants in our area.

Full list of invasive plants from PA Department of Conservation and National Resources.

Native Landscapes

Native Shade Loving Plants
Native Sun Loving Plants

Rain gardens are simple solutions to capture and retain stormwater close to the source, preventing polluted runoff. The average quarter acre lot (with a 2,500 square foot home) can contribute over 5,000 gallons of polluted runoff in a single 1 inch rainfall event. 

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