How do I get started?

It is fun and easy to create a certified habitat for wildlife on your property. Begin by going to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) website for a complete list of criteria and resources, and to view the Backyard Habitat Certification Application.

With the application in hand, take inventory of your property. Most people find that their property already qualifies with just a few minor enhancements. The process is meant to be simple, enjoyable and inspiring.

Once you are satisfied that your property provides the basic elements of habitat (food, water, cover, places to raise young, and green landscaping practices), return your completed application to the National Wildlife Federation along with your $20 processing fee.

Once your application is processed, you will receive a certificate in the mail and will be eligible to purchase a “Certified Habitat” sign from NWF to display on your property.

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