Sacred Grounds Community Engagement Ideas and Examples
Engaging the congregation
Engaging congregation members to help create wildlife habitat at the congregation as well as at their homes.
- Faith leader speaks about restoring wildlife habitat and connection to faith to full congregation.
- Use religious education programs (youth and/or adult) to educate about wildlife habitat stewardship and the environment.
- Use wildlife habitat area as a sacred space (worship service, religious school lessons, group prayer, self-guided prayer walk, celebration service, and prayer garden).
- Place an ad or banner on congregation website or social media profiles.
- Host an informational table, or create a display which highlights the project.
- Write an article about habitat work for congregation’s newsletter.
- Host a celebration/dedication or blessing for the site.
- Host a planting day.
- Host a native plant swap or sale to promote the planting of native plants and/or raise funds to support additional native plant gardens throughout the community.
- Host a workshop for members on how to create wildlife habitat at home.
- Place interpretative signs and/or native plant identification signs as resource for individuals.
- Record and post wildlife observed at the wildlife habitat area, for example as a congregation checklist or through citizen science websites.
Reaching Beyond the Congregation
Share your story and engage and inspire others in the effort to support healthier habitats and communities.
- Write an article, blog, or social media posts about your Sacred Grounds project (e.g., in a faith network publication, local newspaper, magazine, website).
- Host a garden tour.
- Host a volunteer workday to plant, sustain, and/or improve the habitat.
- Host a community workshop, in collaboration with local organizations and native plant nurseries, to educate community members on how they can create native plant gardens at home.
- Engage other organizations and individuals that use your facility (e.g. Scouts, daycares/preschools, social service organizations, food pantries, etc.) through service projects, activities and events.