Celebrate Garden for Wildlife™ 50th Anniversary!

Planting its initial seeds in 1973, the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife™ program and its signature Certified Wildlife Habitat® initiative have taken root by educating and inspiring wildlife heroes across the country.

With over seven million participants and 50 years of service, Garden for Wildlife™ is America's largest, longest running habitat movement dedicated to helping wildlife thrive where people live, work, play, learn, and worship. Checkout our timeline spanning milestones over five decades.

Garden for Wildlife™ recognizes and applauds the achievements of all who plant with purpose. By turning their own small piece of Earth into a thriving habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, they become true wildlife heroes.


Five Ways to Celebrate



1. Sign Up for the Garden for Wildlife Newsletter and be Entered to Win our 50th Anniversary Sweepstakes

The lucky winner will recieve a complete Certified Wildlife Habitat® package that features a Tilly designed Certified Wildlife Habitat®, Garden for Wildlife, Inc. native plants, a water feature, and a Certified Wildlfie Habitat®sign.

Each month in your montly newsletter you’ll get tips, tricks, webinars, and stories from across the country on how to attract wildlife to your yard or garden. 

Sign up now through the end of May
 to be entered to win!

2. Celebrate Garden for Wildlife Month in May and Certify Your Wildlife Garde

Turn your yard, garden, or outdoor space into a Certified Wildlife Habitat® site to restore vital habitat for wildlife and create a relaxing place to experience nature.

Receive 20% off your total when you certify and purchase any Certified Wildlife Habitat® signThis is a limited-time offer available online only May 1 to June 30, 2023.

Promo code: GARDEN20

Certification benefits include:
• A personalized certificate
• One year membership in the National Wildlife Federation and subscription to National Wildlife® magazine
10% off the National Wildlife Federation catalog merchandise
• Monthly Garden for Wildlife e-newsletter

3. Order Beautiful Native Plant Collections Shipped to Your Door

Garden for Wildlife native plants box in front of a yellow door

Add one of our Garden for Wildlife native plant collections to your garden to help save birds, bees, butterflies, and more. Get chemical-free plants that bloom for three seasons and return every year. Collections are backed by science to help the highest number of declining wildlife species.

Now available for 38 states with free shipping. Get yours today!

We currently offer native plants for 38 states in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Midwest. Our goal is to expand our network of growers and offer native plants for everyone.

4. Learn Tips to Garden for Wildlife

Stay tuned for special webinars during the months of May and June on the status of birds and how you can help, native plants, monarchs and more.  Available now:

National Wildlife Federation and Wild Birds Unlimited presents
State of the Birds and Making Spaces Safe for Birds to Thrive
Zoom Webinar, May 24, 2023, 2:00 pm to 3:30 p.m.
Register Now!

Join co-hosts Mary Phillips, Head of Garden for Wildlife, NWF and Brian Cunningham, Director of Outreach and Nature Education, Corina Newsome, NWF Conservation Scientist, and John Kanter, NWF Senior Biologist, for an overview on the state of birds and what you can do to make a difference to Save the Songbirds and other bird species.

Visit Garden for Wildlife TikTok, Instagram and Twitter to catch Naturalist David Mizejewski in ongoing series of short videos on the four components of habitat—food, water, cover and places to raise young—and sustainable gardening, which together cover the five requirements to achieve Certified Wildlife Habitat® status.

Find more garden for wildlife tips

5. Get Social and tell us "How Does your Garden Grow?"

Be a native plant hero and show us your stuff! Post photos of your wildlife gardens/activity with the hashtag #GardenforWildlife and look for your native garden pics on our social wall.  Connect with the Garden for Wildlife community to share your story.

Follow @gardenforwildlife on Instagram 
and TikTok
Join the Garden for Wildlife Facebook group
Follow @Garden4Wildlife on Twitter


Where We Work

More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. The National Wildlife Federation is on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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