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Nature at Home Certification Program–Coming Fall 2022

The Nature at Home Certification Program was developed to educate and encourage people on the best land stewardship practices for making their growing spaces nurturing for plants, insects, birds and other wildlife. From backyards to front porches, the potential to transform your outdoor living spaces is boundless. Working towards greater biodiversity helps pollinators like birds, bees and butterflies flourish.

Who is eligible? At this time, only residents in New Hanover County can apply. Any size yard, ranging from porch to backyard, is eligible. Site visits are scheduled from April 1 through October 31, so that observations can be made in the growing season when foliage is abundant for identification. The optimal time to plant is October through March.

Download the Nature at Home brochure here.

Download an application for Nature at Home here OR fill out an online application is available via Google Forms here: Nature at Home Application – Google Form

Once an application is submitted (in-person or online), $25 fee is paid (in-person credit card at 6206 Oleander Drive, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. &1 p.m.-5 p.m.), home visit scheduled, site is reviewed by Ambassadors, and the property is certified, participants will earn a stylish yard sign signifying one’s nature friendly habitat that can be picked up at the Plant Clinic located at the NHC Arboretum.

Approved applicants will receive contact from Master Gardener volunteers who will schedule a time to set up a home visit. These visits are approximately an hour in length. The Master Gardener team will visit your yard and review your status and give advice on ways to encourage and support wildlife in your yard.

Resources to bring nature home:

For any questions about this program, please contact the Cooperative Extension Plant Clinic located at the New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive in Wilmington, NC 28403. Plant Clinic hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and the phone number is 910-798-7674.

Other Programs:

  • Check out the Garbage to Gardens program for schools looking to divert lunchroom waste from the landfill, and using compost from food waste in school gardens.
  • Local foods production and small farmer resources