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The National Wildlife Federation

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Standing seven million people strong, Garden for Wildlife™ is America's largest, longest-running movement dedicated to helping local wildlife and wild spaces.

Since 1973, Garden for Wildlife has been educating and empowering people to turn their own small pieces of Earth into thriving habitat for birds, bees, butterflies, and other wildlife. In doing so, people across North America are making a difference in their cities, towns, and neighborhoods—all while deepening their connections to the natural world.

Founded on the belief that everyone can enjoy and protect wildlife where they live, work, learn, play, and worship, the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife programs provide simple steps and resources to create beautiful spaces that make a big impact for local and migratory species, from small window boxes to vast habitat corridors.


Celebrating 45 years in 2018, Garden for Wildlife has grown to encompass more than 3.5 million wildlife-friendly acres of backyards, gardens, fields, and community spaces across the United States. Scroll through the timeline to learn about the movement's impact through the years.

Join the Movement

Garden for Wildlife offers options for anyone, anywhere, to support local wildlife and restore and reconnect America’s natural spaces. This includes Garden for Wildlife's signature Certified Wildlife Habitat® program, species-specific campaigns and partner initiatives, and National Wildlife Federation affiliate and regional campaigns focused on birds and other wildlife. Get started by creating your garden today.