Make the whole world a healthier habitat

One way you can take action beyond your own yard is to help create habitat gardens in other community locations. You can also encourage your town or city to become healthier places both for wildlife and for people.

Of course, one of the best ways to increase healthy habitat in the world is to show your enthusiasm about your habitat garden with others. Invite people in and show them what an exciting place a yard can be when it's full of life!

Schoolyard Habitats

Creating a backyard habitat at a school could become a focus for many subject matter lessons, besides creating pride and interest in one's school. This could be a place some kids who are less successful academically could shine. Everyone could develop a better appreciation for nature and learn a lot about environmental issues. And while you're at it, why not include a worm composting (called vermicomposting) project? Some schools have large-scale vermicomposting projects.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a very nice downloadable Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide, and you can certify your Schoolyard Habitat and get more resources from the National Wildlife Federation.

Explore more resources for habitat gardening in a school setting—including preschool— on the Stewardship Garden website.

Make your whole community a habitat

The National Wildlife Federation has resources to create and certify your whole communitycommunity. Not for the faint of heart, but this multi-year project is exciting and worthwhile.

Healthier Communities

Contact your public officials. Request that your town, city, or village stop using harmful pesticides and herbicides. Ask them to use native plantings. Even better, show them the economic advantages of natural landscaping. Provide references to some of the resources available, such as the EPA's Natural Landscaping for Public Officials to learn more about these issues.

The Wild Ones also has a very good document (almost a small book) on using natural landscaping in communities right on their website. It's called When Cities Grow Wild - Natural Landscaping from an Urban Planning Perspective.

Let your public officials know about these resources!