NWF's Wildlife Garden Checklist

Qualify Your Garden

Create a love nest in your yard!  Your yard or garden may qualify to be recognized as a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

How It Helps Wildlife

  • Every habitat garden is step toward replenishing resources for wildlife locally and along migratory corridors.
  • Your application processing fee of $20 supports the National Wildlife Federation's programs to inspire others to make a difference and address declining habitat for bees, butterflies, birds, amphibians and other wildlife nationwide. A portion also supports work for local wildlife in select affiliate partner states.
  • By adding pollinator and monarch friendly plants when you certify your wildlife garden with National Wildlife Federation, it also gets counted towards the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.


The online application tool will ask you to confirm you’ve provided the required number of elements for each of the following:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Cover
  • Places to hide young
  • Sustainable Practices

Before applying, download this checklist to ensure you have met all the requirements for your wildlife garden. You will be amazed at the short amount of time your habitat garden will be filled with life, activity and color of bees, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife!


When you certify you will become a member of the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife community and receive the following benefits:

  • Personalized certificate
  • Subscription to our e-newsletter, Garden for Wildlife
  • A one-year membership in the National Wildlife Federation and subscription to National Wildlife® magazine
  • 10% off the National Wildlife Federation catalog merchandise, including nesting boxes, feeders, birdbaths, and other items to enhance your wildlife garden
  • Exclusive option to purchase attractive garden signs designating your garden as a Certified Wildlife Habitat® with the National Wildlife Federation

Certify your garden