How To Certify a Glenview Native Habitat Garden
What Do I Need to Certify?
We've partnered with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and follow their process to certify all native habitat gardens. Our goal is for 250 native wildlife habitats to become certified across Glenview.
The NWF has a specific checklist for certification organized around four habitat components -- food, water, cover, and places to raise young -- and practicing sustainable gardening techniques such as eliminating pesticides, conserving water, and planting native species. When your garden includes all their requirements, you can certify (no one comes to look at your garden).
The process is easily completed online. There is a $20 processing fee (think donation) to complete the certification.
Download the Garden Certification Walk-Through Checklist
Here are the four habitat components and more information about each.
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Native plants provide nectar, seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, foliage, pollen, and insects eaten by an exciting variety of wildlife. Feeders can supplement natural food sources.
All animals need water to survive and some need it for bathing or breeding as well.
Wildlife need places to find shelter from bad weather and places to hide from predators or stalk prey.
PLACES TO RAISE YOUNG
Wildlife need resources to reproduce and keep their species going. Some species have totally different habitat needs in their juvenile phase than they do as adults.