Celebrate our 13th Annual GFW Month

Grow Beyond No Mow May
Replace a Patch of Lawn with Native Plants!

Garden for Wildlife™ Month is a great time to go beyond ‘No Mow May,’ by using native plant alternatives to create quality garden habitat that attracts birds, butterflies and other wildlife in your yard, neighborhood, and community. Millions of people have embraced this and other sustainable gardening trends in 2024!

Learn how lawns became an American standard, their impact, and how you can make a difference with native plant alternatives that are better for wildlife, people, and the planet!

With over seven million participants and over 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.

Add your habitat oasis to over 300,000 Certified Wildlife Habitats®!

Wildlife Habitat Champion Partner Spotlight

Certified Wildlife Habitat Champion Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop

We are proud to continue our long-term partnership with Wild Birds Unlimited® who work to help protect and restore vital habitats by inspiring people everywhere to participate in NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat® program. Wild Birds Unlimited has been bringing people and nature together for over 40 years as specialists in bird feeding and nature products, expert advice, and educational events. Thank you!


Five Wonderful Ways to Celebrate



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

Wild Birds Unlimited Gift Cards

The lucky winner will receive a $100 Wild Birds Unlimited shop gift card.

Each month in your 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 in May to be entered to win!

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

It's Garden for Wildlife Month! Save 20% when you certify and purchase any Certified Wildlife Habitat sign. Promo Code: GARDEN20

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® sign. This is a limited-time offer available online only May 1 - May 31, 2024.

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 boxes by front door and hands planting a plant

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 41 states with free shipping. Get yours today!

Order native plants for 41 states in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Midwest.

4. Learn Tips to Garden for Wildlife™ and Help Create Healthy Habitats

Learn more about creating wildlife habitat in your outdoor space through these educational resources during Garden for Wildlife™ Month!

Ecological Gardening Summit Online, May 8, 2024, Noon-4:30 ET

Ecological Gardening Summit

Zoom Webinar, May 8, 2024

Step into the future of gardening in this online summit! The event is hosted by Joe Lamp'l and a roster of visionary guests, including Dr. Doug Tallamy, Rebecca McMackin, Mary Phillips, and Emily May. A portion of ticket sales for this event will be donated to the nonprofit partners participating in this event.

Read our Latest Blogs

Follow along as we reveal the history and future of lawns in our Lawn Reduction series and learn about planting native species in our current and upcoming blogs.

Find our blogs here!

5. Get the Word Out on Social Media: Tell Us "How Does your Garden Grow?"

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


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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