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To promote the conservation, sound management, and sustainable use of Indiana's wildlife and wildlife habitat through education, advocacy, and action.

Certified Wildlife Habitat™

CLICK HERE to start your certification now!

certified wildlife habitat badgeAre you interested in making your backyard an attractive haven for wildlife? Want to grow native plants on your land and attract native animals—pollinating insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and more? Then the Certified Wildlife Habitat™ certification program is right for you! There are over 200,000 Certified Wildlife Habitats™ in the United States today. The ever-increasing development of housing and business means less refuge for the natural wildlife of Indiana, and this is where you and your backyard can help!
frog in pondWith some simple changes, you can convert your backyard from a normal backyard with just a grass lawn, to a wildlife habitat with butterflies, birds, frogs, fish and more! You and your family will have fun creating your wildlife habitat together, and then you'll spend countless years marveling and learning about the wide variety of wildlife that visits your very own backyard. By creating a Certified Wildlife Habitat™, you also contribute valuable information about plant and animal species in your community. 
The main criteria for a certified habitat revolve around providing food, water, shelter, and places to raise young. Our website also provides information and resources useful for creating a successful habitat, and our staff is eager to help you welcome wildlife to your backyard! Email us or call us at (317) 875-9453 for advice and suggestions!
When you certify through this link or download the paper application, you will receive a joint certification through the National Wildlife Federation AND the Indiana Wildlife Federation! $5 from the certification fee comes back to IWF! Thank you for your support!

To learn how we handle your personal information as part of this program, please read our Privacy Policy. For details on NWF's Privacy Policy, visit their website at http://www.nwf.org/Privacy-Policy.aspx.

Are you interested in expanding Wildlife Certification to your community, school, or place of worship? The National Wildlife Federation offers a range of programs to help you get started! Choose from the links below to find out more about participating in these programs.

Wildlife Friendly Neighborhood: Are you and your neighbors interested in upgrading your neighborhood to be wildlife friendly? This program combines the guidelines to creating Backyard Wildlife Habitat with additional wildlife enhancement areas, such as neighborhood ponds and common areas.

Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat: What better way to encourage children to explore nature than through a wildlife habitat right outside their classroom? Parents, teachers, students, and community members can come together to help develop and maintain an outdoor classroom that benefits children and wildlife.

Place of Worship Habitat: Transform the land around your place of worship into an inspiring model for enhancing wildlife habitat and promoting spirituality.

Wildlife Friendly Development: This program serves to promote the preservation, enhancement, and restoration of wildlife habitat in the planning and construction of residential, commercial, and industrial developments. The same concept may be used on completed developments, but the process may face more challenges depending on the existing resources.

IWF Website and Mobile Privacy Policy

We will not share your email address with other organizations. If you receive an e-mail from us, you may choose not to receive such messages in the future by following the "unsubscribe" link which we put in the footer at the bottom of each e-mail. We provide a similar opt out process in our postal mailings. If you wish to modify future marketing offers via postal mail, please contact us at:

Indiana Wildlife Federation
708 Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202