Sacred Grounds™ is a program that gives people of all faiths the opportunity to connect to nature at their place of worship and to learn about the different ways their faith encourages them to be good environmental stewards. Whether your passion be listening to birds sing, watching butterflies dance from flower to flower, or walking through the forest knowing that nature is blooming, Sacred Grounds™ empowers congregations of all faiths to connect to the Earth by gardening for wildlife and studying the teachings and texts of their faiths. With Sacred Grounds™, people, the planet, and spiritual foundations all flourish.
For more than 40 years, the National Wildlife Federation has been leading the way to engage homeowners, businesses, schools, and other settings to create wildlife-friendly yards and landscapes through our Certified Wildlife Habitat® program. With over 170,000 of these properties certified to date, places of worship now have the opportunity to take part in a specialized program to conserve wildlife and engage their associated congregation. Congregations offer great opportunities to support wildlife habitat due to their often large acreage, community leadership role, and provision of spiritual guidance. By combining spiritual empowerment with wildlife conservation, both people and wildlife thrive.
Like traditional Certified Wildlife Habitats®, Sacred Grounds™ must incorporate the four elements of habitat (food, water, cover, and places for wildlife to raise their young) and be registered with the National Wildlife Federation through our online certification form. Sacred grounds, however, requires additional elements to engage congregational members to increase their stewardship for wildlife and the environment. These elements include:
Sacred Grounds™ gives congregations an opportunity to receive recognition for undertaking landscaping projects that attract wildlife and reduce stormwater runoff along with elements uniquely relevant to the grounds owned by religious institutions.
Faith Elements and Engagement
Four Elements of Habitat
Sustainable Grounds Practices