Restoration Science Center
Lawn to Meadow Program
Lawns are a staple American landscape feature, currently covering more area in the lower 48 states than National Parks. However, they pose a significant threat to biodiversity, causing habitat loss and fragmentation for native species. Lawns also require extensive time and resources to maintain while supporting little to no ecological benefits.
The RSC is working to address these issues through our Lawn to Meadow Program, a component of the Conservation on Private Lands Initiative. Working with landowners, we are overseeing and assisting the transition of traditional lawns to diverse and beneficial meadows.
Meadow Making Gallery
- ESF Graduate Student, Jess Proctor, raking a soil to prepare for meadow planting, Skaneatles, NY Photo: Shumaila Bhatti
- Plants emerging - First plants emerging in a recently planted meadow in Skaneateles, NY.Photo: Shumaila Bhatti
- Sam Quinn explaining meadow seeding procedure to planting volunteers at Go Natives Perennials. Skaneatles, NY Photo: Shumaila Bhatti
- Sam Quinn hand seeding a meadow in Skaneateles, NY Photo: Shumaila Bhatti
- ESF Graduate and landowner seeding a meadow to Go Natives Perennials, Skaneateles, NY Photo: Shumaila Bhatti
- Water drops on a young meadow plants. Photo: Shumaila Bhatti
- Eastern Bluebird sitting on a nestbox with an insect larvae. Meadows provide habitat for insects necessary for young song bird diets. Photo: Shumaila Bhatti
There are many reasons landowners choose to convert their land to meadows, including a desire to protect water quality, reduce soil erosion, enhance habitat for wildlife, save money on lawn care, and the aesthetic appeal of this beautiful landscape feature. Whatever the draw may be, we work beside landowners to produce dynamic meadows that fit their needs while also benefiting the environment.
Photo: Lilly Kramer
Resources for Landowners
The RSC is working with landowners around Skaneateles Lake to plant meadows on their properties. With generous support from the CNY Community Foundation, we were able to develop an amazing resource for you: a Central New York pocket guide for converting lawns to meadows.
Interested in getting involved? Contact our Lawn-to-Meadow Team!
Lawn to Meadow Coordinator
Director of Conservation on Private Lands Initiative
This work would not be possible without the support of our growing number of partners!