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How to Get Your Backyard Certified
as a Wildlife Habitat

How to Get Your Backyard Certified

Certified Wildlife Habitat

The Gardener's Supply display garden was certified as an NWF Wildlife Habitat in 2006.

Something wonderful is happening in America's backyards. Homeowners from coast to coast are adding wildlife-friendly features to their yards and gardens. At the forefront of this movement is the National Wildlife Federation and their Backyard Habitat Certification Program. To date, more than 90,000 homeowners have certified their backyards as wildlife-friendly habitats.

These backyard oases play a critical role in helping wildlife survive the pressures of development. The people who create them also get engaged with wildlife in new ways and forge a deeper connection with the natural world.

Getting your backyard certified is relatively easy. You simply need to demonstrate that your yard or garden provides food, water, cover and places to raise young, and that you also employ some sustainable gardening practices. Many people find that their yards and gardens already satisfy most of the requirements, and they simply need to add a few additional elements such as native plants, bird feeders, a small water feature and nesting boxes.

Here's How It Works

For a full explanation of NWF's Backyard Habitat Certification Program, visit the NWF website where you'll also find tips, projects, plant lists and a planner. While you're on the site, you can request an information packet. When you're ready, you can complete the online application form. Once your backyard has been certified, you'll receive a certificate and can also request a sign for your yard, like the one shown in the photo.

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Last updated: 10/24/15

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