There are many benefits to partnering with the National Wildlife Federation to become an NWF Community Wildlife Habitat:


The Community Wildlife Habitat® program opens the door for discussions about sustainable gardening practices designed to increase native plantings, conserve water and eliminate pesticide use. It also provides a platform for our communities to address important issues like creating corridors for wildlife, stormwater pollution, drought, pollinator decline, and invasive species.

Chipmunk, Photo by William Greenawalt


Creating habitat for wildlife with native wildflowers, trees and shrubs, adding water features such as ponds and streams, and welcoming wildlife like butterflies and birds enhances a community’s overall appearance.


Your community will receive national recognition from The National Wildlife Federation and be held up as a model community at the national level for your success transforming your community into a place where people and wildlife can flourish. Certified NWF Community Wildlife Habitats recognition opportunities include:

  • The opportunity to post co-branded Community Wildlife Habitat signs
  • A certificate suitable for framing
  • A feature story about your community on the NWF website
  • A description of your community will be added to NWF's national certification list
  • A visit from an NWF staff member, board member, or NWF affiliate at your awards ceremony
  • Announcement of your certification through NWF's national network
  • And much more...

Certified Community Wildlife Habitat, Centreville MD

Community Building

Engaging community members in projects like creating a wildlife-friendly demonstration garden or conducting a workshop is a great way to get to know your neighbors. You may also recruit community members to volunteer to support larger events such as a restoration project or tree planing event.

Clean Air, Clean Water

Greening your community by adding more native plantings and reducing fertilizer and pesticide use has the potential to help improve water and air quality, creating a healthier environment for people and wildlife.

Connecting with Nature

Providing habitat for wildlife in backyards, schoolyards, parks, and other areas means there are now more places for people to connect with nature in their community.

Stellar Jay Almond, Photo by Ingrid Taylar

Ready to Sign Up? 


Interested, but want a consult? Tell us more about your community. A NWF staff member will contact you within 5 business days.

You may wish to download the application questions to prepare for submitting your application online.

How do they do it? Find other Certified or Registered Communities near you.