What to Expect

By signing up today, you’re joining thousands of urban residents who are transforming their gardens to create healthier cities, for people and wildlife.

“I’m experiencing a fairly dramatic increase in the number of species of birds and pollinators who frequent my garden and this makes me think about how, if more people on a larger scale do what I’m doing on a small scale, that we will be increasing the habitat throughout the Columbia River region.  We’re all in this together!”

Janet, Platinum Certified 2014



Your yard is welcome in any state, but we encourage you to sign-up early to take advantage of the discounts and resources. There’s a one-time $35 application fee that will be used to support you in your journey and help the program grow.

**Please note that while we try to schedule visits as soon as possible, with the busy spring season, wait times once you register can be up to 4 weeks.

Site Assessment

Once you apply, a Backyard Habitat Technician will contact you to set up a site assessment. The Technician will assess the state of your entire yard – not just the backyard. They will identify invasive weeds, listen to your goals and desires for the space, and help make recommendations that are right for you. Following the visit, you’ll receive a Site Report full of plant recommendations and recapping your steps toward certification.

Get Dirty, Get Discounts

We provide a number of benefits and resources and discounts to assist you as you transform your yard. Be sure to take part in our discounted native plant sales. Need help with some design ideas or heavy lifting? No problem. Check out our program-approved Landscape Professionals.


It normally takes about a year to meet the certification criteria outlined by the Technician in your Site Report. When you’re ready, contact us and a trained program volunteer will pay you another visit. Once certified, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful yard sign to display to your neighbors!

Certification Renewal

Certifications are valid for 3 years. We’ll be in touch when it comes time to set up a free renewal visit. Many program participants enjoy working toward the next level of certification during this time. We’d be thrilled to help you create a plan to get there, just like we did for your first certification.

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