Garden for Wildlife in Arizona 

Certify your wildlife habitat here!

When you certify your habitat and when you purchase a metal sign, a portion of the cost supports Arizona Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation's programs to help stop the decline of habitat for bees, butterflies, birds, amphibians and other wildlife. Habitat loss is one of the leading causes of species decline today.

Thank you for certifying your garden!


If you plant it, they will come!

Whether we plant veggie gardens, flower beds, orchards, or native plants, vegetation provides wildlife with habitat essentials:  food, cover, and a place to raise young. Adding water and using sustainable practices will help it to flourish.

Be that neighbor--be that inspiration--by certifying your garden as a wildlife habitat and soon other nature lovers will follow along. Imagine you were the size of a monarch butterfly, you would appreciate a continuous line of gardens from which you could eat, evade predators, and lay eggs to continue your species.

Gardens offer health benefits too! Gardens mitigate climate change with cover that reduces the heat island effect, mulch which retains moisture in the soil, a carbon sink, and compost which resupplies soil with nutrients. And for emotional and physical health, gardens are bar none for us peeps and wildlife too!

What are the components of a Certified Wildlife Habitat?

Check out our videos on gardening for wildlife in Arizona

 YouTube Channel Playlist: Garden for Wildlife in Arizona

What places can be certified as wildlife habitats?

How do I get more involved in gardening for wildlife?

Do-It-Yourself projects

Activities for the family

For science

Reduce the water you pay for to water your garden. Learn to harvest FREE water on your property--passively or actively! 

Compost in the desert?! The UofA Cooperative Extension can help.

Do you geek out on designing your space? Check out this resource on garden design for wildlife from National Wildlife Federation.

So many fun ideas for gardening with children from the National Wildlife Federation.

Activities for the school or the home from Kids Gardening.

Go for a camp out (or camp in, either way "Camp on!") with the National Wildlife Federation.

National Wildlife Federation gives the tip of the iceberg on the many citizen science projects out there for wildlife.

Record seasonal changes of your garden's native plants and the behaviors of the wildlife that visits with phenology

Got birds in your back yard? How about participating the Backyard Bird Count?

Where can I buy native plants for my location in Arizona?

Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix has excellent collections of desert and desert-adapted species and hosts a semi-annual plant sale.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior lies a thousand feet higher in elevation from the valley and thus has a variety of plants for sale for the desert and transition zones.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has an excellent collection of desert plant in direct use by wildlife.

Native Seed Search, based in Tucson, features traditional food plants of Southwest in addition to pollinator plants. 

Arizona Native Plant Society 

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Texas

The University of Arizona has a native plant search engine for ideas of what to plant, as does the Audubon Society.

Happy gardening... for wildlife!

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