Garden for Wildlife

Garden for Wildlife

Create and Certify Your Own Wildlife Habitat

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is committed to wildlife habitat conservation, big and small.

So, we’ve partnered with National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to help you create a wildlife haven in your own yard—whether you have a rolling rural property, a tiny urban lot or a container garden on your balcony. You can even take on certifying your school, your workplace, or even your entire community!

After all, 90 percent of Tennessee’s land is in private hands. That means providing the basics for our diverse wildlife is up to you!

Every Certified Wildlife Habitat provides wildlife the essentials:


Native plants provide food eaten by a 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 take shelter from bad weather and places to hide from predators or hunt for prey.

Places to Raise Young

Wildlife need resources to reproduce, and to protect and nourish their young.

Sustainable Practices

Maintain your yard or garden in natural ways to ensure soil, air, and water stay healthy and clean.

With the help of Tony Lance, our resident naturalist, ornithologist and gardening guru, you can put your commitment to conservation in action. When we each do our part, we can keep Tennessee the most biologically diverse inland state in the country.

The application processing fee is just $20 and you’ll receive a certificate to designate your newly Certified Wildlife Habitat. You’ll also receive exclusive NWF member benefits while supporting conservation statewide.

Meet Tony

Previously a naturalist for the Nashville Park system, Tony Lance joined the Federation in 2011. A longtime birder and beekeeper, Tony is most at home being outdoors hiking and backpacking. In 1999, he checked a major goal off his “bucket list” by completing a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Tony has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Have questions about certifying your wildlife habitat? Send him a message!

Photo credits (from top to bottom): Dr. David Sloas, Cal Calloway, Joann McBee, Ricky McCulley, Priscilla Morris, Linda B. Poole