About Community Wildlife Habitats
About the program
For over 40 years, National Wildlife Federation, through its Certified Wildlife Habitat program and its sister program Schoolyard Habitats, has engaged homeowners, businesses, schools, universities, places of worship, parks, civic and community organizations and others in creating wildlife-friendly landscapes on their properties. To date, there are over 75 certified Community Wildlife Habitats and over 50 communities that are registered and on their way to becoming certified.
The Community Wildlife Habitat program, started in 1997, recognizes and celebrates the efforts community members to work together to educate and engage the whole community about actions they can take to make their community more wildlife and environmentally friendly.
What is a Community Wildlife Habitat?
A Community Wildlife Habitat is a community-wide project which aims to achieve three goals:
- Provide habitat for wildlife throughout the community—at homes, on school grounds, at businesses and in public areas such as parks, community gardens, and places of worship;
- Raise awareness and educate citizens through workshops and community events about the value of having a healthy and balanced environment that includes nature and wildlife; and
- Engage citizens in community service projects, such as stream cleanups, where they get to roll up their sleeves and provide hands on help for community greening efforts.
A team of leaders tracks the community’s progress toward achieving their goals for education and outreach to the community, numbers of Certified Wildlife Habitats, community projects and partner engagement based on standards and benchmarks provided to them by NWF based on their community’s population. NWF staff support each community as they strive to meet the benchmarks. Once they community reaches their goals, they can submit their goals for review and certification by NWF staff.
Learn More! Discover what you need to accomplish to become certified.
Interested? Tell us a little more about your community. A NWF staff member will be in contact with you within 5 business days.