Certify Your Wildlife Garden

Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas.

By providing food, water, cover, a place for wildlife to raise their young, in a healthy habitat, you not only help wildlife, but you also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat®, joining an active community of over 400,000 wildlife gardeners across the country recognized by National Wildlife Federation for your efforts on behalf on wildlife.

Certification also makes you a part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to restore critical habitat for pollinators in peril, and celebrates all of the hard work you've done to help the birds, butterflies, and other backyard wildlife. You are making a difference!

Certify Your Wildlife Garden

To certify your yard, you need to provide the following:


Examples of food sources:

  • native plants
  • seeds
  • fruits
  • nuts
  • berries
  • nectar



Examples of water sources:

  • birdbath
  • pond
  • water garden
  • stream


Rabbit rock cover

Examples of cover:

  • thicket
  • roosting box
  • brush pile
  • mature trees


Places to Raise Young

Examples of places to raise young:

  • dense shrubs
  • vegetation
  • nesting box
  • pond


Examples of sustainable gardening:

  • Use of native plants
  • No or limited use of chemicals


If you don't think your garden is complete, start your registration and we'll inspire you along the way.

Certify Your Wildlife Garden

If you would prefer to download and print your application, please click here. Note: any special offers are exclusive to online applications.

Certify your wildlife habitat today!
Benefits of Certifying
  • NW June July 2011 coverFree one-year subscription to National Wildlife magazine
  • Certified Wildlife Habitat CertificatePersonalized Certificate
  • Habitat Online EnewsletterTips and resources sent to you monthly in the Garden for Wildlife e-newsletter
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